Usha Varia

Social Entrepreneur, Samoolam

Usha Varia

Social Entrepreneur, Samoolam

Biography

Usha Varia (Prajapati) is a social entrepreneur whose passion is building sustainable social enterprise in rural India. In last 15 years of professional experience, project planning, implementation, design management, design education, capacity building and enabling employable skills at a grassroots level are the specialised tools she uses to give back to vulnerable communities. She is the founding director of ‘Samoolam’ a Bihar based social enterprise initiative creating employment for women in the informal workforce through innovative crafts and design. She graduated in textile design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and is a recipient of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development & Social Change from Clark University, MA, USA.