Campaign Ended! The campaign ended on April, 12 2017
Charity Acid Attack Victim
Soniya was a professional beautician when attacked with acid in 2014. She recently featured on a TV show, where tennis player Sania Mirza helped her with money for her surgery.
“My family isn’t financially stable. All the money has been exhausted in my surgery. I stopped undergoing corrective surgeries as I want to become a famous beautician. After surviving the acid attack, I opened a parlour at home, where my neighbours were my customers. But I don’t want to limit myself,” says Soniya, adding, “I want to employ others too... Not just acid attack survivors, but also the victims of domestic violence.”
When the students decided to help Soniya, they thought of working on a business model as part of Enactus, to empower the acid attack survivor. “We conducted a survey to know if people will like to go to a a salon, which is run by acid attack survivors and received a positive feedback because all they were interested in was quality services. This gave us the courage to go ahead with our plan,” says Dindi Padi, another Miranda House student, who is associated with the project.
"I have dreamt to fly, and acid cannot corrode my dreams", says Soniya. She is a fighter who fits perfectly into the tales of heroes and what sets her apart, in her own words, is, "I stood up and that's why I am different".