Gujarat’s visually challenged women are lightening up the upcoming fest of Diwali by making Diyas

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Published by Shifa Naz on 01 Nov 2018

We all know that Diwali is a fest of lights and lamps, but how does it feel to the visually disabled person, who can’t see those inspiring glowing lights. This Diwali, physically unfit and visually challenged women working at Memnagar-based Andha Kanya Prakash Gruh (AKPG), are all set to add more lightening to life with this festival.

As per the reports of DNA, the NGO imparts schooling to visually handicapped women, and among them, many belong to poorer society, one of the visually challenged women Asha Chauhan told DNA in her interview said, “We are happy when the Diyas made by us light up homes of others. We wish more and more people buy from us.”


“It becomes difficult for the challenged women to pour hot wax into Diyas, so the other so the other volunteers do this job” says Smita Shah, a project coordinator, while the rest of the work like putting wicks, making the boxes, counting the Diyas and finally putting them in boxes is done by the women.

Nita Rathva who belongs to small tribal district Chhota Udepur says, “Being visually handicapped is not a hindrance in making products or maintaining their quality; we use our hands.”


According to the recent reports, the NGO has distributed more than 1.75 lakh lamps, and the women at the NGO also sell this diyas to several organizations and stores during Diwali.

Institutions such as the Sports Club, Lions Club, Rajpath Club are AKPG’s patrons. Apart from skills, women working in AKPG get accommodation, food and a stipend too which makes their life easier. The organization makes its savings from the welfare and entertainment activities happening around the state.



This really shows how incredible our India is…What are your plans for this Diwali, do share your valuable comment with us in the comment section below.

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