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Every word, every photograph, has meaning.

Listening, learning and sharing stories from the front line of development work in India.

PHOTO BY ABIJEET - GOONJ TEAM MEMBER

"Our storytelling group has provided a space to showcase the storyteller hidden in all of us. Alan has reaffirmed the belief that all stories matter!"

Ishleen - Member of the social movement Goonj

CONTRIBUTORS:

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Meenakshi

Goonj Co-Founder

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Al

Group Mentor

Goonj is a pan-India non-profit working collaboratively with rural communities to support development projects that are identified, designed and carried out by local community groups. At the heart of Goonj's approach is the recycled cloth and household items that are no longer valued in the urban areas, but hold great value in rural communities - this unique economic model supports the growth and activity required to create meaningful change in villages across the nation. 

 

At the beginning of the pandemic, I was asked to establish a creative program to help support the mental health of Goonj's vast network of staff and volunteers - 2 years later, our storytelling group has become a weekly highlight for all of our members, and for me as the storytelling mentor. We work together to creatively and emotionally connect with the meaning of Goonj's work and learn how to capture and share the diverse but unifying narratives that connect all of us. 

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PHOTO BY DRISHA - GOONJ TEAM MEMBER

“Every word, every photograph has meaning and now I have the capability to tell stories in that way. Our storytelling sessions help us to see ourselves and the purpose of our work in a much deeper way and express ourselves authentically. ”

Kushboo - Member of the social movement Goonj

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PHOTO BY SANDIPAN - GOONJ TEAM MEMBER

“Alan’s storytelling group is so valuable to our organisation. He has built a special bond with our team and he holds the space, during good times and bad, ever so gently. He has organically grown a storytelling pathway that's intimate and unique to each person - and has helped us tell stories that are deeply immersed in the values of Goonj.”

Kushboo - Member of the social movement Goonj

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PHOTO BY SURESH - GOONJ TEAM MEMBER

“We all have a storyteller hidden in us. We have learned how to find our voice and our way of looking at the world around us.”

Sandeep - Member of the social movement Goonj

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Learn More About

Indian Social Movement

'Goonj'