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THE SSF WOMAN

They come from a world where they were told that the sky is the limit for their husbands and brothers, but for them their future was limited; the SSF woman is one who is determined to break barriers to bring about socio-economic change in her everyday life and that of her children.  
.. SHE'S ALL ABOUT THE BOSS STORIES & NOT THE SOB ONES!

The Skilled Samaritan Team has a team of 6 full time members who work closely with our communities to develop new products and manage ground operations. We work actively with a growing team of ‘Skilled Samaritans’ across India, ranging from social media experts to professionals in the field of circular design; people who want to use their skill-sets to do some good. To join us and be part of our community, write to us at contact@skilledsamaritan.com

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Gauri Gopal Agrawal

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Inspired by the immediate action needed on multiple fronts coupled with her personal frustrations of being surrounded by educated and skilled women in her city who lacked opportunities due to socio-cultural norms, Gauri Gopal Agrawal founded Skilled Samaritan (SSF) in 2012.
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Neeti Gopal

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Our very first Samaritan, Neeti overlooks operations and order management at Skilled Samaritan. She takes great pride in working with the women artisans from the difficult backgrounds in Muzaffarnagar while also empowering herself and them to be financially independent.
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Trisha Sarkar

BRAND COMMUNICATION

An architect and an artist with a foundation in Fine Art. Trisha supports SSF with their brand communication strategy and created the visual narrative SSF's journey. Her graphic design practice, is aimed at raising awareness about varied socio- cultural backgrounds and practices, environments through illustrations.
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Roshni Gurung

DESIGN & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

Roshni manages the design and supply chain at Skilled Samaritan so there’s probably nothing that she doesn’t know about the brand. She now leads the ‘Design Lab’ initiative at Skilled Samaritan, a platform where SSF provides customised design services to its clients.
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Megha Baliyan

FINANCE MANAGER

With her love for numbers, Megha manages accounts and finances at Skilled Samaritan. Her responsibilities include Sales Tracking Expense Tracking, Inventory Tracking and daily data entry of important numbers at SSF.
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Jitender Kashyap

OPERATIONS & ORDER MANAGEMENT

Responsible for inventory and order management on the ground in Muzaffarnagar, Jitender is young, enthusiastic and disciplined with his fitness. He’s also Skilled Samaritan’s very first employee and almost never says no to helping out the brand.
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Nishat

QUALITY CONTROL & PRODUCT FINISH

Nishat enjoys accentuating SSF products with her design ideas. She adds heart to everything she does, more so since she was initially not allowed to work due to religious norms but her family turned around eventually to give her an opportunity to pursue her dreams.
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Devansh Pawar

PHOTOGRAPHER

Devansh works with us to curate photographs in amazing settings for all our products.
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Shagun Swarup

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Shagun recently graduated from Warwick Business School in Masters in Management. Due to the COVID-19, she is back home in Muzaffarnagar. The drive to empower women has motivated her to join Skilled Samaritan. She is handling the operations on ground and the order management.

Part-time Staff/Volunteers

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Tanaya Ranade

INTERN

Tanaya has been maintaining a blog since she was 15 years old and joined us to work on content, social media and marketing.
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Anwesha Chakraborty

INTERN

A 2nd years student from Flame Uni and an innate flair for numbers, she supports us with Orders & E-commerce management
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Nafisa Kalladi

INTERN

Nafisa works closely with Gauri to tracking all new and existing partnerships and contacts of Skilled Samaritan, plus supports us with Customer Service.
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Aashna Shah

INTERN

Aashna works with us to create amazing graphics and visuals of all our products. She also assists the designers with ideation and designing of our new products.
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Deirdre Dunham

DESIGN INTERN

Based in NYC, Deirdre is currently pursuing her MA in design products at the Royal College of Art. Her design practice focuses on championing accessibility and drawing inspiration from the natural world. Having experienced a lack of support for women in her previous engineering work, she is so excited to be working alongside such an incredible team of women in Sirohi
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Purva Kundaje

DESIGN INTERN

Purva is currently pursuing her Masters in Design Products at the Royal College of Arts, London. Her academic and professional life has sculpted her into becoming a environmentally sensitive designer. She challenges her purpose as a designer to refine and understand her responsibility of being one.

HER STORY, IN HER WORDS

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Gauhar Fatma

Resilient, Courageous, Fighter. ‘Life is about the boss stories and not the sob ones’, she said. The first woman who said YES!
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Sanam

Single mum to 3 boys and 2 girls. Started working with us to ensure her girls got an education before they got married.
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Sakunat

When you come back post this unsettling time, remember that you are guests of the earth and not it’s masters.’
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Nazneen

Married at 14, had a first child at 16 and now aged 57 with 8 kids, 6 girls and 2 boys, and she ain’t complaining!
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Sahila

We met her when she was 10 years old and there was an instant connection; we became best friends and loved hanging out.
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Nafisa

‘For us they say the future is limited but for my brothers and husband the sky is the limit. This will not be the case for my girls when they grow up.
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Mataji

A big fan of ‘CampaCola’ and all things cool and spunky. Mother to 2 sons, a daughter, 12 Grandchildren and 3 great grand children.
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Rubi Parveen

Dreamt of being an actress but ended up getting married at 16 and now is a mother to 2 children.
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Momina

Mominas family almost lost their livelihoods to due the dwindling need for charpoys, but luckily for us - we found each other.
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Sheeba

Sheeba represents the strength of an SSF woman and what it takes to run a home, a family, work with a smile

SUPPORT OUR WOMEN

Before working for SSF, the women of Muzaffarnagar District (also known for its crime), most of whom were married at the age of 15/16, were completely reliant on their husbands for financial support. We have provided the opportunity for these women to gain self-confidence and pride as they are now an additional source of income generation for their families, earning up to 5000 rupees per month. You can support our women 1. Buying our products 2. Contributing to our campaign at - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-artisan-community#

CONTACT INFO

Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
+91 858-786-2557
contact@skilledsamaritan.com
Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 18:30
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