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Milestones
 
 
2003
Four villages start Self Help Groups, with the aim to encourage the local women to develop sources of income. 
An informal knitting program begins on demand and a ten woman group starts. 

2004
A small in-house training program begins for the knitters. Concepts of quality control and deadlines are emphasized. 
Raw material is provided to make a small stock readied to be sold in the alternative market. The Knitting Program expands to include more women, and the handknit products sell informally in the alternative market. 

2005
Some hand knits made by the women groups are successfully sold in New Delhi's local craft fairs. Fifty women from the self help group participate in a training program in weaving, dyeing, embroidery and spinning with the Khadi Gram Udyog, a Government of India undertaking for Cottage Industries. 

2006
First order received from Fabindia to make mufflers, caps and stoles for adults and children.
Fabindia is a major retail giant with 171 stores across India and 6 countries. 
Products are sourced from grassroots artisans. 

Ankuri Volunteer Corps (AVC) is established to connect young NRI’s (non-resident Indians) 
with India by inviting them to teach in the Rural Literacy Program.   

Participates by invitation at the Dastkar Nature Bazaar, Dilli Haat.
Successfully sells knit products.

2007
First teaching volunteer camp is established.
Second year expanded order from Fabindia is successfully delivered.
Fashion show in London at St. Marin’s, featuring Tahir Sultan’s knitwear 
couture collection, executed by ANKURI knitters.  www.tahirsultan.com

Ankuri Volunteer Corps invites the first group of volunteers from Dil Se, a US
non-profit made up of second generation Indian pre-med and medical students.
They teach in Ankuri’s  Rural Literacy Program. www.dilsefoundation.org.

Second year sell knitwear products at Dastkar Nature Bazaar.
Ponchos, a new product introduced at the Fair sold very successfully.
Queries for more products.

2008
Wooden loom and wooden spindle is procured  to teach weaving and spinning to villagers. 50 women are trained to knit.
Article written in Andpersand, 14 January, 2008 issue about the knitwear collection made for Tahir Sultan.

Third year, re-order from Fabindia.

AVC volunteers come for the second year and teach the village youth for a month. 
Topics taught in English range from Gender Sensitivity to Decision Making to Health and Nutrition.  
Use of role play and discussions make the program very successful.

Meetings with representatives from London to apply for a grant to set up a small rural
based business with assistance from Tom Singh, owner of the UK based online apparel company –www.newlook.com

Article on ANKURI written by Leigh Witchel in U.S. knitting magazine. 

Exploratory talks with travel agents in India and the US to develop 
an eco-tourism/rural tourism project to support the rural program.

Third year of participating at Dastkar Nature Bazaar, introducing waistcoats for children and adults. Successfully supply products to two new retailers – People Tree and Kilol.


2009
Fourth year repeat order from Fabindia.
Repeat orders from the two new retail outlets People Tree and Kilol.

In June, AVC volunteers in cooperation with Dil Se come for the third consecutive year to teach English through curricula in Environment, Nutrition and Gender Studies.

A ten day medical outreach program is added to service twelve villages. 
Four doctors with a mobile van equipped with blood testing, ECG and x-ray machines 
examined 960 patients over 10 days in co-operation with Dil Se.

2010
After surveys,  a Yarn Spinning Centre was set up in Rikholi, a remote village between 
Dehradun and Mussourie. To receive assistance from the State Cottage Industries 
Department a building was required. Ankuri constructed four rooms to house the 
20 spinning machines for the training.

Preliminary surverys have been conducted to set up an eco-tourism adventure camp/
or a yoga retreat.

Fabindia, fifth year order completed successfuly.
Introduced new patterns at the 2010 Dastkar Nature Bazaar

2011 
Forty women from three villages between Dehradun and Mussourie were trained to 
spin woollen yarn.  This yarn is bought from them  by the Khadi Gram Udyog, a government organization.  

Literacy Centre at Bharatwala is formally started. A Craft Manager is hired for the Bharatwala Knitting.

2012
A vocational training camp to teach stitching is held at Bistgaon.  
The better students will be given advanced training to make quality products.

The Literacy Centre for the local school children is formally started.  
The children of the local government schools come after school to be assisted with their school work.  
They are also taught English and math to improve their skills.

Fabindia 6th year order.

2012 Dastkar Nature Bazaar saw increased sales of the products made by the new
groups of  women trained under the Knitting Program.
Craft Manager hired for the Rikholi Craft Centre. Spinning Centre shut down due to lack of funds and floods.

2013
Home stay started for commercial purposes. Number of knitters trained passes 100.
Alice Schulman joins the program. 

2014
A Second Craft Manager hired for Knitting centre in Rikholi.  
The Literacy center moves to a bigger location.

2015
Partnerships with Princeton University and University of Michigan internship programs to bring summer interns.
ANKURI organizes first community celebration at local school.