Youth Urban Professional Award Special Recognition
Founder of #BePolite
According to WIEGO, approximately 2% of the population in India are street vendors. Most of them lack access to necessary infrastructure & facilities.
Aakarsh’s initiative aims not only to provide Street Vendors with renewable energy but also to combine Cultural Values with Clean Energy Solutions by enabling people to celebrate festivals in an eco-friendly & inclusive way. In 2017 he implemented his idea, and today he employs 3 Volunteers who help to operationalize the workflow.
With his initiative, Aakarsh tackles Renewable Energy, Sustainable Cities & Livelihoods, Inclusive Urban Development, Women Empowerment & Safety issues.
Aakarsh has managed to gain the attention of the Urban Local Bodies to address various issues of Street Vendors. He is currently working on providing a digital platform & creating vending zones for the vendors. He empowers those who play a crucial role in the Urban Economy. Aakarsh found an alternative to bursting firecrackers during Diwali-Festival of lights and spreading the light to Women Street Vendors by gifting them a Solar powered light.