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Deenabandhu is a long time project partner supported by Boston, Arizona, Silicon Valley in the past.   One of their recent projects is a tailoring center for poor women in the area.

They have teamed up with a local export company to try and fulfill orders from customers abroad.

Asha Boston tried a small order, ordering 80 bags for a fundraiser.   Deenabandhu and the export company delivered the order at short notice, and the quality was very good.   Asha Boston gave them as gifts to donors who donated above $50.   Alternative options are to sell them for $10 or $20.

 

Shopping bags

The cost per bag is around $4.15, this includes shipping from India to the US.   (2.15 for the bag + 2 for shipping)

Bags ordered by Asha Boston:

 

Bags with the new logo (www.ashanet.org will be changed to ashanet.org):

 

 

Other sample bags (with other logos) are here.  

 

Produce bags

Cost per bag is $2.50 (0.90 for the bag + 1.60 for shipping)

Samples:

Small size (22 cms x 33 cms), Medium size (36 cms x 40 cms)

 

   
(www.ashanet.org will be replaced with ashanet.org)

 

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards from art made by tribal children:   Samples are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ljduozaGoDMiwjTH3
Matte print: $3 each, $25 for a box of 10.
Glossy print: $2 each, $15 for a box of 10

I am collecting orders from other chapters.  

 

Please fill out the following table if you are interested in ordering bags for your chapter.  (Alternatively you can email me at annam38@yahoo.com.)  The deadline for ordering bags is July 31st.


ChapterContact name and email
(volunteer from the chapter coordinating this)
Address bags should be mailed toType of bag: Shopping or produce
(if selecting produce
bag please specify size)
Number of bags

Cost

(Cards)

Notes

ChicagoRevathi Kadari

Asha for Education - Chicago

c/o Revathi Kadari

1015 Atlantic Ave #A,

Hoffman Estates, IL - 60169

Shopping

Produce(medium size)

Greetings cards - Glossy

100

22

2 boxes

  

Silicon Valley +

San Francisco +

San Diego + Stanford

Vidhya Govindaraju (vidhya.gp.asha@gmail.com)

Asha for Education - Silicon Valley

c/o Vidhya Govindaraju

715 Salt Ct,

Redwood City, CA - 94065

Produce bags (medium)
(200 SV + 0 SD)

Shopping bags
(?? SV + ?? SF + 150 SD + 50 Stanford)

Greeting cards - Matte
(1 SV)

200


350


1 box

1 box (matte): $25

Shipping: $3.75

 
Madison

Ranjeet Kumar (ranjeetkr.iitb@gmail.com)

Charu Mehta (charumeh91@gmail.com)

Asha for Education - Madison

c/o Charu Mehta

506 Farley Ave Apt. 1

Madison, WI 53705

 

Shopping bags30 

Bags from Boston's first order: $4.8 * 32

Additional shipping within the US: $32.86

PrincetonAparna (princeton@ashanet.org) Shopping bags25  
Kansas CityPat Malay (pmalay@gmail.com)

Asha for Education - Kansas City Chapter

c/o Pat Malay

5022 W 147th St

Leawood KS 66224

Shopping bags

Greeting Cards - Matte

100

1 box

1 box (matte) $25

Shipping: $3.75

 
Arizona

Mouna Monnappa (mouna.monnappa@gmail.com)

Varadaraj Shastry (varadaraj90@gmail.com)

Nikhil Korada (knikhil91@gmail.com)

Asha for Education - Arizona Chapter

c/o Varadaraj Kallur

750 W Baseline Road, Apt 1087

Tempe AZ - 85281

Shopping Bags - Medium15  
BostonMelli Annamalai (annam38@yahoo.com)

Melli Annamalai

4 Canter Ct

Nashua, NH 03063

Shopping bags

 

Produce bags (medium)

65 grocery bags

(10 for Sadhana + 5 for Uttara)

50 (produce bags)

  


Final accounts

Summary: 

ChapterAmount to be transferred to central treasury
Stanford$183.47
San Diego$550.42
Silicon Valley$950.42
Kansas$366.95
Chicago$410.95
Princeton$91.74
Arizona$55.04
Boston$290.81

Note: The shopping bags costs were: $2.30/bag if shipped by Fedex, $1.95/bag if shipped by Garuda, free if carried by volunteers from India + any US domestic shipping costs.   A huge thanks to Sadhana and her family (and her friend), and Shankar for carrying a total of close to 200 bags.   These hand-carried bags were then mailed within the US for smaller orders, and hand-carried my be when I traveled to that city.  I have amortized the total shipping costs for all bags, so that each shopping bag cost is $1.08 per bag.   Once again, huge thanks to volunteers who carried the bags and saved us significant shipping costs.  The produce bag shipping costs are $1 per bag.

Please contact me (Melli) if you have any questions about the spreadsheet which shows the detailed breakdown of costs.


Bags being made at Deenabandhu, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

BagStitch_video_Aug18.mp4

 

 

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