SVATANYA India Foundation

Creating innovative and eco-friendly products known for Design & Quality, handcrafted by underserved women leading to their empowerment


The Government of NCT of Delhi

Thematic area


Region(s) of work

Haryana, Uttar Pradesh

Company Size



Artisans, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Women


Incubator, Pragati

About the Organization

“Svatanya envisions a socially and environmentally responsible society where women are financially independent and empowered to live with dignity by contributing as equal partners. Born out of a belief that an enterprise can be socially responsible, environmentally conscious and still be self-sustainable SVATANYA, is a Responsible Creative Craft Enterprise creating ecofriendly products, handcrafted by underprivileged migrant women in urban slums.”

Svatanya’s guiding pillars are aligned to UN SDGs:
1. Empowerment through skilling: Hundreds of women have been trained (SDG-5: Gender Equality)
2. Livelihood generation: Incomes have gone up from 100 to 300% leading to a life of dignity and equal participation (SDG-1: No Poverty & SDG-8: Decent Work & Economic Growth)
3. Upcycling to minimize waste & environmental impact: Svatanya ensures that maximum if not all raw material used by us is upcycled or recycled textile (SDG – 12: Responsible Consumption & Production)
4. Joy to underserved children: Soft toys are gifted to underserved children fighting Cancer besides awareness/medical camps for women on health, financial inclusion and security (SDG-3: Good Health & Well Being)

Active Founder(s)

Deepa Pant %designation% Deepa Pant, a social entrepreneur, follows her heart and believes in playing every role to the hilt. A NIFT post-graduate with 13+ years in the Corporate has experience ranging from working with brands like Woolworths, Nike, Reebok, WoolRich, pan-India launch of an active wear brand and providing brand and merchandize consulting to IPL teams. With a whole spectrum of experience and skills in Brand Innovation, Positioning, Design & Development, SCM, Business Development & Merchandise Consultancy, she started SVATANYA, a Conscious Responsible Creative Crafts Design Enterprise, using India’s rich Art & Culture to create beautiful handcrafted products while upskilling underprivileged women in Delhi slums towards financial empowerment. The impact has been furthered to marginalized children from across the country whereby handcrafted toys & other products made by Svatanya women are gifted to children in slums, NGOs and Government hospitals through the programs run by SVATANYA India Foundation.
Nimish Pant %designation% Nimish Pant, has 22+ years of experience post an engineering degree from DTU (Delhi College of Engineering). Through KPMG & Tata Consultancy Services, his international experience spans USA, UK, Indonesia, U.A.E and South Africa, where he consulted clients across the sectors of Government, Manufacturing, Customs, Banking. He has executed large scale transformation projects in the areas of Strategy, Process (re)design, Organization Change, and IT consulting. Having worked across the spectrum of Strategy Marketing, Delivery, Operations & Knowledge Management he has played an instrumental role in scaling new business units and practices. Select marquee International clients are Deutsche Bank, CVS Caremark, Boeing, Dubai Customs, Bank Negara while in India he has worked with Ministry of Urban Development, Home Affairs, External Affairs, IT, Commerce & Industry leading some of the most prestigious government programs of national importance. As a certified Corporate trainer on Creativity & Innovation, he has trained 5000+ people and received several awards for the same. Besides being an avid runner & footballer his Spiritual bent has him exploring Yoga & Meditation. While he was always inclined towards community service, Deepa helped him take it up several notches by inviting him to start SVATANYA India Foundation, a non-profit upskilling underprivileged women to make soft toys for gifting to underprivileged children and in the process gaining confidence and getting financially empowered.