Pankh India

Pankh is a social enterprise headquartered in Chikodi - Karnataka.


Our Vision at Pankh is to provide “Pankh” or wings of hope to the needy, to help them grow, develop and “fly” in life.

Story of Pankh Foundation :

Pankh Foundation was established in 2008 by Gouree Manjarekar to help the needy by regular donation activities. The foundation regularly donated to old aged homes, orphanages and slums. As she worked in an MNC , she knew several like-minded people and colleagues who were interested in donations but were looking out for a proper channel through which they could reach out to the needy. Pankh foundation initiated its ground work by identifying the needy people and started donating regularly. Headquartered in a small place, Chikodi in the hinterland of North Karnataka, the foundation has several initiatives focused on rural under-privileged ladies and children that went on to make their lives better in more ways than one.

How Pankh Handicrafts started?

In 2014 , Gouree and Sanket Manjarekar were contacted by Smruti and Manish Shanbhag from Paris where they work, and together they thought of making a more sustainable impact on the lives of rural women. That was how Pankh Handicrafts was started. Pankh Handicrafts aims to educate, encourage and empower the less fortunate. It started by providing unskilled women with valuable & relevant skills and a platform to apply these skills, thereby enabling them to have a sustainable source of income and providing them with a means to financial independence.

Pankh works on a double charity basis. On one hand, they provide livelihood to the women then a part of the profit made at Pankh is put back into the society by donating (via the Pankh Foundation) kiddy packs, blankets, jackets, uniforms, etc. which are fabricated by the women at Pankh.

Pankh has been constantly working towards plastic- free - living and introducing products which are eco- friendly and alternatives to plastic. Regularly campaigning for a plastic free world we aim to minimize plastic usage in day to day activities.

Apart from the donation activities, Pankh has been constantly organizing awareness activities through sessions with learned panelists.


Founder and Director Mrs Gouree Manjarekar has been awarded "Indian Women Excellence and Leadership award 2019" in the category of NGO and rural Entrepreneurship by Shri. Suresh Prabhu - Hon Commerce and Industries Minister, Govt of India at Vigyaan Bhavan, New Delhi. This award was supported by Make in India, Startup India and NSIC.

She represented pankh as a speaker at the 5th world congress on women held at Tata auditorium , Indian institute of science, bangalore . She was felicitated by Ex Sr scientist ISRO Shri Nagraj S R. This was an international congress held for the first time in India.

Awarded as women achiever of the year by Kle academy of higher education and research , Institute of physiotherapy.

Awarded with “ Women achiever - MANINI award by AIMS College Sankeshwar.

Women achiever award by Lead.