A group of Ramjas College students help transgender community open beauty parlour for all to generate a regular source of income.
New Delhi: While focusing on the upliftment of the LGBT community in the society, the students of Ramjas College are helping the transgenders to generate a regular source of income through their project TransCreations.
A first ever initiative by the Enactus Ramjas started in 2011, the project aims to break barriers and empower the whole LGBT community. It tries to make the trans community self-sufficient by helping them set up a jewellery business, a parlour, and also by engaging them with cab agencies.
“There is a lot more to the transgender community than just dancing and singing, which we plan to showcase. This endeavour will help them earn people’s respect and get their due in society. In addition to this, we have also been striving to ensure a more inclusive and tolerant society through numerous campaigns and drives organised to spread awareness and sensitivity about this gender,” the team said.
Last year, the students had even organised a “Trans Fashion Show” and a “Trans Parade” to promote their agenda and build a sense of trust. This year, the project helped the trans community open its first beauty parlour in Khanpur Extension, South Delhi. Solely run by a group of transgender individuals without outside assistance, the parlour caters to both the transgender community and women.
Enactus Ramjas expects a turnout of Rs 10, 000 every month as the earning for the beneficiaries.
“The vision of the parlour has been two fold. First, we let our community members deal and interact with LGBT clients and secondly, we shift them to a new parlour to further use their skills in handling general public and providing them with best services a parlour could offer,” the team added.
Initially, the trans community used to engage themselves in jewellery-making and was trained by professional accessory designers from NIFT Delhi and Pearl Academy. Till today, their products are being sold through online portals and sales representatives.
The group has also collaborated with various NGOs that work for trans communities.