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Several NGOs make products for sale through which their beneficiaries and activities are supported. Purchasing these products that include household articles, decorative items, furnishings, textiles, garments, exotic plants, herbal products, food items, etc. enables you to support the NGO and its work. 


NGO Diwali Products Forum

Products Available from NGOs

 NGO - Koshish Centre for the Deaf
Location - Malad East
Products - Greeting cards with envelope
Contact–  Dr. Kothari,
Tel. - 28446448
Email -

NGO - Manav Foundation
Location - Byculla
Products -  diyas, envelopes, bags, dinner napkin sets, table mats, etc.
Contact–  Priya, Tel. 23724889
Email -

 NGO - LIFE Trust
Location - Worli
Products - rangolis, diyas, puja thalis, agarbati stands, bags, mats, hand made greeting cards
Contact–  Poonam Lalvani; Tel. - 24910287, 24910288
Email -

 NGO - World Vision India
Location - Marol
Products - diyas, candles, paper bags
Contact - Heather Ferreira
Tel No. - 9819756412
Email -

 NGO - Women's India Trust (WIT)
Location - Mahim
Products - home linen, gift articles, marmalade, jams, pickles, chutneys, squashes
Contact - Dolat Kotwal
Tel - 24462768, 24462506, 23511753
Email -

  NGO -  Society to Heal Aid Restore Educate (SAHER)                                             
Products - handcrafted jewellery, paper bags, chocolates
Contact - Nicola
Tel. - 9821878935
Email -

 NGO - Adivasi Sahaj Shikshan Pariwar
Location – Palghar, Thane.
Products - warli products
Contact - Dr. Sudha Randive
Tel - Varsha on 95-2525 232003  
Email -

 NGO - S.P.J. School for Mentally Challenged       
Location - Bhulabhai Desai Road               
Products - paintings, clay Ganpatis on crystal, artefacts, embroidered articles, office stationery,
 hand painted towels.
Contact Person - Sr. E. Gaitonde
Tel: 23510853 / 23517913
Email -

 NGO - Act-Kalpana
Location - Vile Parle
Products - dry flowers, handmade paper products, greetings cards, gift bags etc.
Contact -Neeta Kumar
Tel No. - 26109863
Email -

 NGO – Ojus Medical Institute – Damini Women’s Project. 
Location - Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu,
Products - Decorative diyas, candles, handmade paper, greeting cards, bracelets, trendy necklaces, cushion covers, hand bags,
Contact – Sangeeta Patil
Tel - 22916958/59 
Email -

 NGO: Society for the Education of the Crippled (SEC)
Location: Agripada
Products: greeting cards, bookmarks, printed gift wrapping papers, table mats, napkins, kitchen aprons, oven gloves, mobile covers, tea cozy sets and hand made paper bags.
Contact: Rucha Patki
Tel: 23090887

 NGO: Vivekananda Youth Forum
Products: hand painted diyas, costume jewellery, cloth and jute bags, block printed gift wrapping papers
Contact: Purnima Contractor
Tel No: 26183594 (12-2, 6-8 pm)

 NGO: Sashi Mangalyam School for Mentally Challenged,
Location: Goregaon (E)
Products: Diwali diyas, carry bags, cards, pickles, papads.
Contact: Pradnya Surve, Lions Club
Tel: 9867641260

 NGO: Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust
Products: Hand-made paper gift bags
Contact: Eldred Tellis

Cancer Patients Aid Association-diyas, statues, sweet boxes, t-shirts, stationary items (diaries, file boxes, notepads, file holders, tissue boxes with matching cushions for car sets in silk and cotton ikat), linen (tablemats, napkins, tea cosies, aprons, laundry bags), paper bags, printing work (screen printing and off set), boxes, computerised embroidery. "Shubha Maudgal"

 CRY Shop
1 st Floor, Opp. Tata Garden,
Bhulabhai Desai Road,
Mumbai - 400026
Tel : 2364 - 1140

Kalyandeep - diyas
Share - masala
Yusuf Meherally centre - Organic Soap
Om creations- Washable bags
Balanand- Greeting cards
Industrial home for Blind Homes - TV covers
Kamala Mehta school for the blind - Sweaters
Swawlamban Mahila Kendra - food items

 Opportunities to sell
Products needed as well as space available for putting up stalls:
 NGOs are often unable to find enough outlets and opportunities to sell their products and reach their market. The following organizations, individuals and citizen groups have offered space to NGOs to display and sell their products during the festive season, as well as expressed an interest in purchasing products. Interested NGOs may contact them.

 A) NGO Melas:

NGO Mela at the Willingdon Sports Club at Haji Ali
Date: Oct.7-8 (3 to 7 p.m.)
Contact Person: Rahul Sood
Tel. No.: 98202-88460

Contact: Kavita Shah, CEO
Tel. No.: 22029708, 22855487

 Navratri Utsav in Mira Road – Bhayander area
Contact: Kalyan Panda

 B) Corporate Support Available

 Organisation: Merck Ltd.
Contact - Devesh Srivastava, GM
Products Needed: Greetings cards  

 Organisation: Amway
Contact -
 Rajat Banerji, Manager - CSR
Products Needed: can tie-up with different NGOs for different products

 Organisation: Habitat for Humanity, Jimmy Carterwork Project
Contact– Joseph Scaria, Jr. Director-MHRC
Products Needed: Various; interested NGOs may set up stalls for a fee

Tel. No.: +919820809333

 Organisation: International Rectifier (I) Ltd
Contact Person : Anne Sequeira, Executive Secretary
Product Needed: Diwali gifts for employees
Tel: 30880450

 C) Display Space Available:

Bombay Stores can offer space on special occasions
Location: Sir P. M. Road, Fort
 MAVIM offers table space to NGOs supporting women
Location – MHADA Head Office, Bandra East
Contact - Thanksy Francis
Tel No. - 26591213 
Email -

Mahakali ALM offers table space in their garden
Location - Andheri East
Contact - Shivaranjan Gulvady
Tel No. - 09324810759
Email -

Bombay Trading Corporation offers table space  
Location – Mumbai and Navi Mumbai
Contact– Balkishen Khanna        
Tel No. – 23438333, 9820077282
Email -

 Bernadine Pramodhan can organise table space 
Location – Church, I.C. Colony, Borivli west
Period: Sunday before Diwali
Email -

 Niloufer Kapadia has offered table space 
Location – the Fourth Floor, Kitab Mahal, Fort
Tel No. - 2207 9119
Email -

Lorraine Khatau can display products 
Location: at residence

Colonel T Sundaram can assist with table space 
Location: Kandivali

The following suggestions can help participants and organisers of NGO sales and melas to make best use of the opportunity and derive maximum benefit from such events.

Suggestions for NGO Stalls and Melas:

  Collect material: The mela is a good venue for collecting materials - clothes, books, toys, one-side used paper, etc. that are used by the NGOs in their on-going projects

Food stalls: could be run by NGOs and their volunteers (even if through an outside caterer) and used to inform visitors about the NGOs

  Donation boxes could be provided to each stall for their own use

 Volunteer organizations could provide a volunteer to assist at each stall

 Weekdays have low attendance – these days could be used to attract corporates, bulk buyers, etc. with suitable restrictions.

Presentations: Simultaneous to the sale, 30 minute sessions could be given to individual NGOs for power point presentations, open forums, discussions, etc.

Display: Organizations should display their names prominently inside the stall and below the front table also

Product prices could be prominently displayed

Attractive Posters with more pictures and less text that emotionally appeal to visitors to be displayed

Popular products: T-shirts, caps, calendars, diaries, desk-top items with logos, are items that supporters of the cause are usually interested in buying

   Priced display of banner ads should be encouraged as for many organizations, it is not possible or interesting to participate in events exceeding a couple of hours and they may like this opportunity to reach out.

Survey of visitors could be taken to ascertain why they attend, what they expect, what did they really do, etc. and this could be sent later to participants to help them re-work their plans in the future.

Organizations who do not have products to sell, but who are undertaking advocacy and awareness programmes could also participate 


Suggestions for NGOs participating in Melas:

 For participation: Those who don't make products can sell eatables or get products printed with their name e.g. caps, t-shirts

For product sales: Availability of a pricelist handout with terms could be useful for those who want to buy in future or in bulk

For awareness: While most stalls have brochures, a photo album of activities to browse there itself could have a greater impact

Conduct a survey to educate visitors: Surveys can turn out to be more meaningful if it educates people about any particular social or civic issue

Interact with visitors: There should be at least one person whose sole job would be to engage the visitor into a conversation about the organization

 Get people involved: It seems a good opportunity to also convey volunteering requests and material requests

Sponsored Stall: The cost of the Stall itself can be sponsored by a supporter

NGO beneficiaries to interact with visitors: Where possible, each NGO to also have a beneficiary at the stall so that visitors can realise the value of their support

Alternatives to Products: Donations, sponsorships, or granting of hundreds of pending wishes of terminally ill children, can also be sought through the stalls

 How you can Help:

Please inform if:
-         you have space available for NGOs to sell their products
-         you are interested in purchasing products from NGOs
-         you have ideas or product suggestions for NGOs
-         you can offer design inputs, raw material to NGOs for their products
-         you can undertake publicity and promotion for NGO products