Priyasha Foundation

Founded by Gretchen McLaren.

Priyasha means, "dear, beloved hope" in Sanskrit and Hindhi. Our mission is to bring hope to the impoverished women and girls of India through income generation projects and social entrepreneurship.
We work with poor and orphan girls, slum women, girls that have been rescued from sex trafficking by setting up workshops and teaching them jewelry , a marketable skill so the women can provide for themselves.
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Posts tagged "india"

What if there was a collaboration between a puppet making group and a social entrepreneur? Just one of the many interesting conversations at #switchpoint today. #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiagirls #indiapictures #socialentrepreneur #switchpoint #incomegeneration

Setting up the production line for our next studio side project—making cool prizes for our upcoming indie gogo campaign. Can’t wait! #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiagirls #indiapictures #indiegogo #womensempowerment #studio #jewelry #jewelryincomegenerationprojects

What’s a studio night without a little Lakshmi? #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiapictures #indiagirls #womensempowerment #jewelry #studio #lakshmi #mahalakshmi #incomegeneration #pink

Kinda excited about this: finally got the enameling area set up in the new studio. We left a 220 power kiln in India. The idea is to replicate the studio with the sane equipment so we can work on both sides of the world. We can work out techniques, designs and processes and then take a simplified version back to India to teach the girls. #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiapictures #indiagirls #jewelry #enameling #jewelryincomegenerationprojects#womensempowerment

Meanwhile…back in the studio…changing things up—adding some bling to the wall sconces we up cycled. #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiagirls #indiapictures #womensempowerment #pink

Oh, social media prep, you’re killin’ me. Hang on, @freakbrat it’s coming—in 45 minutes. #priyashafoundation #priyasha #womensempowerment #india #indiagirls

The Kolar Gold fields are located about 30 km outside of the town of Kolar and approximately 100 km from Bangalore. The Kolar gold fields, or the gold vein that lies beneath the ground actually stretches across 4 states and is 100’s of km long. Gold mining in this area dates back to the first millenium BC. Renewed interest in mining this area started in 1873, with the gradual acquisition of the gold fields by the Kolar Concessionaries from the government of Mysore. Large scale mining started in the 1890’s under British rule and continued through 1956 when the mines were returned to the government of Mysore, and eventually to the government of India in 1962. During the height of gold mining under British rule, the Kolar Gold Field mines were one of the largest in the world. It is entirely possible if you own a piece of gold jewelry, the gold may have come from these mines. The mines were closed in 2001 due to increasing mining costs and reduced gold deposits. A long legal battle ensued between the mine employees and the conglomerate that owned the mines to turn the mining rights over to the employees. In 2013 the central Indian government opened up mining rights internationally to revive the gold mines and this is where this story starts.
This was the day I had the great fortune to see gold mining first hand in India. I was invited by a man who purchased the rights to mine in the area. He represented a group of foreign investors and they were looking for a new gold vein to mine.
This photo are some of the miners taking a break from drilling.
As a jeweler this was absolutely a fascinating day to me. I felt so fortunate to see first hand where the gold I use comes from. As an industry there is a cry for ethical practices in mining, a way to be more eco friendly, to recycle our gold, to be sure to guarantee not to use blood diamonds. This was my chance to see best practices up close and first hand.

My thanks to wikipedia for refreshing my memory on the facts of the history of mining in the Kolar Gold Fields.

*Stay turned for the rest of the story*

💜**This is the first post in a series about my insider’s view of gold mining in India. Please like our FB page to read the story.**💜

How to become a social media diva. #priyashafoundation #india #incomegeneration #lightreading #ijustfellasleep

oy, what a week!

That one time we tried to take a selfie… :)

Me: first slum visit Amma: first time seeing a camera

Did I ever tell you about the day I spent with the Hijiras?

My up close encounter with a Eunuch at the Bangalore gay pride parade. What an amazing day.