A small quaint shop in Madhura Nagar, Hyderabad and a brand new grocery truck – that’s all the presence Swacch Organic Bazaar has in the thriving city. Outwardly, the name might sound like just another organic retail outlet, but the social enterprise has a farther-reaching impact on society than meets the eye. Swacch Organic Bazaar is operated completely by two special young adults, assisted periodically by children who face learning challenges. The store is founded by Suparna Bajaj with the help of Sahithi Reddy and Pooja Raina.
“Ranging from taking orders to delivering them, these youngsters manage everything perfectly They are getting hands-on experience in business management in an enjoyable, creative way,” asserts Suparna, in a conversation with Efforts For Good. She adds how the kids are enjoying an upfront exposure to the real world and confidently dealing with every challenge.
No one has ever become poor by giving
– Anne Frank
Why Swacch Organic Bazaar stands out
“It’s a great experience to work in the store. Previously we were under training at the school and now we are full-time employees – the transition has been amazing. We have acquired a lot of life skills. I really enjoy working here with my friends. Some problems do come up at times, but the positive learning environment really helps us,” one of the employees shares happily.
Suparna Bajaj, a proud mother, has always been an advocate of creative, experiential education rather than textbook-based rote-learning. In addition, she is an organic farming enthusiast, with her own flourishing farm of chemical-free vegetables and fruits. Together with her co-founders, she decided to amalgamate the two aspects together – thus birthing Swachh Organic Bazaar in 2017.
A to Z of organic products
“Aside from fresh produce from my farm and a few other organic farms in the neighbourhood, the shop sells A to Z of organic products – rice, pulses, cold-pressed oils, homemade snacks, baked goods as well as sustainable cutlery. At the start of the week, we send out a list of our products to the clients. The shop has a considerable number of conscious customers, who place their orders through WhatsApp or calls.”