"This basket is elegant, classy, handy and so beautiful, all at the same time. And more than anything else it connects you to a social cause, which makes you feel good", says Anjali Katoch, Deputy Area Coordinator- SOS Children's Villages India, who bought a basket made of kauna weeds by a Self Help Group initiated by FXB India Suraksha at Manipur, India.
The experience was shared by Anjali Katoch, one of the many visitors who had a chance to visit the FXB India Suraksha stall at NGO Asia Expo in Gurgaon on 19 - 20 November 2013. NGO Asia Expo is Asia's premier exhibition for NGO's, NPO's and social foundations which tries to examine issues of pressing global concern, share innovative ideas and practices, and build strategic partnerships.
FXB India Suraksha participated in the expo and was very well received by the diverse set of people who participated in the fair. The FXB India Suraksha stall displayed some products made by the SHGs from Manipur and Andhra Pradesh. The products included hand woven kauna products and stoles, packaged dry fish, handmade candles and sanitary napkins to name a few. Paper flowers and some greetings cards made by slum kids were also on the stall that added colors to the space. Documentary films were also showcased in the stall along with the displayed products. There were also some publications, handouts and brochures for information dissemination about FXB India Suraksha and its programs.
Expressing her happiness about the participation and response, Mamta Borgoyary, CEO- FXB India Suraksha said, “It was an enthralling experience to be part of such an ideal platform where we got this chance to meet leaders from multi-disciplinary backgrounds engaged in social practice and showcase our work in front of them. I am glad that this helped the participants know more about our social efforts and initiatives amongst different neglected communities.”
Alongside the expo, a conference on "Sustainable business through CSR & role of foundations and NGO's" was also hosted by the organizer. The conference had the representatives of the organisations sharing their perspective mainly towards community investment for sustainable development, innovations in CSR and CSR as a business strategy. The discussion topics interestingly synced with practical representations of information and products in different stall at the expo.
The two day event that was a part of the CSR Live week covered exhibitions, conference and network appeared to be quite lively with all the enthusiastic participants and visitors exchanging their thoughts and sharing ideas towards upliftment of society and its people. FXB India Suraksha's stall being one of the popular stalls drew interests of many people who expressed desire of not just knowing more about the organization but also replicating the successful SHG model in their work area.