Best Projects 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

House of Udyog - Empowering communities, building resilience

Published on September 20, 2021 um 09:10

Your title/position


Type of Enterprise

non-profit organization

Year the ngo or company was founded

House of Udyog was founded on March 15th 2020


Explain your project in details:

Conceived by 15 year old twin brothers, Rushil and Aarush Khanna, House of Udyog is a non-profit that procures recycled clothing material and turns them into trendy and fashionable, yet affordable, pret wear for young men and women across India. Endorsing the "Make in India" initiative of Prime Minister Modi, each piece of clothing is single artisan-made and provides a reliable livelihood for each of our in-house tailors. By recycling yarn into readymade pret, we look forward to reducing our world's carbon footprint by sustainably designing clothing - one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse emissions - while contributing to the economic upliftment of our underpaid artisans. The process of our yarn: Our recycled fabric is made from collected knitting clips, which are then sorted colour-wise, before being processed again into fibre. Since spinning alone of these does not regenerate fibre, the regenerated polyester fibre, made from recycled pet bottles, is added as per the colour for the spinning process. This material is naturally recycled without any chemical additions or treatment. Called Melange Yarn, this material is Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified and is one of the finest yarns for casual wear. The process of sustainability design: Each garment, whether sweatshirts or lounge-wear, is hand-stitched by talented rural artisans, who are mindful of proportion and aesthetic design, in a consciously-designed ergonomic workshop. Our winter wear contains a combination of print and delicate hand-embroidery, while our lounge-wear offers age-appropriate, on-trend designs. By encouraging our artisans with the intellectual freedom to brainstorm and innovate their own designs for each hand-crafted piece, we empower them with direct-to-consumer access, uplifting 20+ artisans and their families by preserving their livelihoods.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

The objective of starting our business aligns with the three UN Sustainable Development Goals of No Poverty, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Decent Work and Economic Growth. In order to kickstart our business, we ran an online crowdfunding campaign to raise USD 725 that we utilised for procuring our material, compensating our artisans to lift them out of extreme poverty and developing our website. While our 100% recycled material minimizes our carbon footprint, we are delighted to share that, to date, we have serviced 72 clients, generating USD 1982 in revenue. Being a non-profit organization, our profits have been invested in back our business to enhance the work environment of our workers, procure additional material for expanding our collection and entering new geographies.

Sustainability and future plans

Although we are a small business, constrained by limited manpower, we have recorded a positive cashflow which we are utilizing for launching new collections, including hoodies collection, loungewear collection and sustainable diary collection, and marketing to enter other parts of India. For the short-term, we anticipate our profits will be sufficient to cover our operational and expansion costs, while adequately compensating our artisans, several of whom were below poverty-line prior to employment at House of Udyog.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

Fifteen year-old twin brothers, Rushil and Aarush Khanna, are Grade 10 students of Strawberry Fields High School, who are passionate about empowering communities and building resilience through their small business. Intrigued by economics concepts, they are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to enhance the communities around them via innovative business ideas.

House of Udyog - Empowering communities, building resilience

Hoodies collection

Loungewear Collection

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November 1, 2021 17:32

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Your idea is very smart and practical.

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October 22, 2021 19:48

Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better person. Each experience good or bad--makes you grow! Get along with life and surely, things will become easier for you.
#Climate Car

October 22, 2021 19:40

Wonderful initiatives which lead us to a more sustainable world! I really love the way you contribute to the projects and the way it has a positive impact on the society through all the meaningful activities. Loving it

October 5, 2021 15:14

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.

Your project is amazing!

Anu Narang

September 23, 2021 15:04

Keep it up boys great initiative . Keep up your great work and enjoy your venture . You are an example for other children of your age. You are blessed to be helping others through this initiative .
You guys will grow up to great humans.

Seema Suri Talwar

September 21, 2021 18:04

Great initiative!
Well done guys!! All the best and keep growing.
Pls vote for them and appreciate their remarkable efforts. Aarush and Rushil may both of you achieve great heights and be very successful

Nandita Mahant Talwar

September 21, 2021 18:01

Great initiative!
Well done guys!! All the best and keep growing.
Pls vote for them and appreciate their remarkable efforts. Aarush and Rushil may both of you achieve great heights and be very successful

Nandita Mahant Talwar

September 21, 2021 17:48

Great initiative!
Well done guys!! Kudos to you two. All the best and keep up the good work.
Pls vote for them and appreciate their commendable achievement.

Shivani Sharma

September 20, 2021 19:12

Aarush and Rushil, you both guys are awesome ! ! !
You both always gave your hundred percent in your each and every task. You always guys make us proud.
I truly appreciate your wonderful and totally fully innovative initiative.

As i always said to you that, "you both are God Gifted*
Always full of wonderful talent, amazing skills and the best thing about both of you is Love, Care and kindness for everyone.

Aarush and Rushil may both of you achieve the new heights and touch the stars

My best wishes always for both you guys ! ! !
And one day you rock.

I request to everyone to vote for these twin brothers and appreciate them for their commendable achievement.

Dr Preeti Jindal

September 20, 2021 19:05

Very good initiative Rushil &Aarush. Very innovative & thoughtful. It will help artisans and at the same time will promote green earth initiative. Wishing u all the best & success . Keep it up . Best wishes always .

Varun Kapur

September 20, 2021 18:23

Great initiative done by the young boys! It is inspiring to see an initiative that is both ecologically responsible as well as economically uplifting for artisans.
All the best and keep up the good work Rushil and Aarush!

Sangeeta Sekhon

September 20, 2021 16:10

Great initiative from mindful and responsible youngsters, contributing to making the world a more sustainable place to live in, indeed the need of the hour. Keep up the good work!

Angelina Singh

September 20, 2021 13:30

Wonderful initiative aimed at sustainable development! This enterprise has my vote for its practical eco friendly approach and its impact on generation of livelihood for the economically backward sector of society. The twins are walking the talk and that is in itself a commendable achievement at such a tender age. Best wishes to them both for their venture!

Guneet Shalut Swani

September 20, 2021 13:16

Impeccable way forward Rushil and Aarush. All the very best always. Your vision with a mission has immense passion and compassion.You both are truly an inspiration in every which way with such entrepreneur skills. Keep beaming ahead!

Madhu Sharma

September 20, 2021 11:53

These boys are doing excellent work.At their early stage commendable job in the terms of picking the material,dye,designing etc.My best wishes to dear Aarush and Rushil for the great initiative.
Passion and commitment of Aarush and Rushil is admirable and a great motivation to many others.

Pooja Gilhotra

September 20, 2021 11:39

My best wishes to dear Aarush and Rushil for such a great initiative. It's incredible to see how they came up with this idea at such a young age. We have used their products and they are really soft and comfortable.

I request everyone to vote for them and encourage them in their endeavor.

Jasleen Kaur

September 20, 2021 11:32

A superb combination of sustainability, enterprise and social commitment. This venture will go a long way in building resilience through small business and to enhance the communities around via innovation. The passion and commitment of Aarush and Rushil is admirable and a great motivation to many others.

Pooja Gilhotra

September 20, 2021 11:31

My best wishes to dear Aarush and Rushil for this great venture.
Undoubtedly they are doing a great job and giving excellent quality products. We have used the garments and they are very soft and comfortable. God bless them.

It\'s amazing to see them come up with such a brilliant idea at such a young age.

I request everyone to vote for them and encourage them further for their initiative.

Surinderjit Kaur

September 20, 2021 11:06

It is very important to think towards the aspects of sustainability in India and you youngsters are the future of our nation. Projects like House of Udyog empower communities, build resilience and help in reducing carbon footprints to achieve the goal of sustainability. I, myself have tried your comfortable and trendy lounge wear which speaks volumes of the effort and commitment towards a cleaner environment and greener India. Aarush and Rushil you make us proud!


September 20, 2021 10:59

Wonderful initiative ! I think you have stepped beyond the realm of the ordinary and have extended yourself in true service to others amalgamating empathy , affordability, sustainability and preservation of nature ! Kudos to you both

Bhavna Sharma Dharni

September 20, 2021 10:39

Wao this is so impressive. A wonderful initiative for these young boys .Good to see that the next generation cares for the sustainability. Proud of you Both keep it up .A vision brings in all the change. All the best