Life Positive|April 2020
An ideal abode
The openness, selflessness, and the giving values this place embodies along with encouraging everyone to take care of their needs is a rare gift. When I see people around me looking at the world with aloofness, materialism, greed, lack of empathy, and exploiting nature, it is very unsettling. But at the same time, when I am at Ahimsagram, I get a sense of peace within me, making me feel like I am part of building solutions.
Ahimsagram is my idea of an ideal world where we are connected to each other, honor everyone’s need, belief in sharing, are sustainable and ethical in our everyday lives, and are able to show support and empathy when needed.
Most of the team members are women, and conscious efforts are made to create a safe and encouraging environment for them so that they can connect with their inherent abilities while supporting the purpose of the organization. This not only transforms their lives in Ahimsagram but also determines how they express themselves in their personal lives, at their homes and on the street.
Commitment to sustainability
The one value which I highly appreciate and can connect with is how deeply this place is rooted in sustainability. We have been composting all our wet waste for the last four years and also have our own terrace garden. The utensils are washed with ash and not by any detergent loaded with chemicals. We make our own bio enzyme to clean the floor and toilets and also use solar energy at times to cook.
We hold our commitment to the environment paramount, and though we have been struggling to make enough revenue, it doesn’t deter us. We avoid plastic and unsustainable packing of our products and largely source organic products, vegetables, and fruits that haven’t polluted the environment while being produced. And though financial wealth could be a challenge, the trust and social wealth we enjoy from the larger community and how they come together to support us when needed is what makes us continue and believe in the power of community.
There is a sense of dignity of labor, and no work is small or big but just a matter of skills and prioritization at the moment. And strangely, I enjoy doing all kinds of work including washing dishes, cleaning, content writing, graphic designing, taking care of the finances, business development, and cooking some of the most amazing healthy food in the city.
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