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India, Asia

IND16a - DEAR Sewing Centre

Partnership Ref.:



Jesudoss & Paulrani



Funding Status:

Completed - No Funding Required

Partnership Type:

Micro-enterprise / Micro-loans, Community / Agriculture Development

Funding Size:

$0 - $2,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 0


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Population: 1.2 billion

Life Expectancy: 63.4 years

GDP: US$1017 per capita

Unemployed: 10%

37% earn less than US$2/day

Current Partnership Impact

8 families are being assisted

8 people employed in partner businesses

Partnership Overview

good businessThe DEAR Trust is currently involved in a number of ministries;
1) Running a shelter/centre for up to six people to live and be taken care of from the LGBT community
2) Meeting medical and counselling needs for many members of the LGBT community
3) Running a monthly event for the LGBT community where they provide dinner, fellowship and share from the Bible
4) Running a sewing business that provides an alternative income source for members of the LGBT community

It is this fourth area where the investment of Bright Hope World will help to expand the business so that they can commit to larger orders and thereby develop a more sustainable business that may ultimately also provide for the costs of the centre. 

Currently they fulfil various sewing orders including jute bags, shopping bags, and various other sewing projects. There is one major purchaser that is a Christian NGO who have committed (verbally) to seek increased orders from DEAR but only if DEAR can expand their machine capacity with new machines, and secure the power supply through purchasing a generator.  

The business is housed in the centre that DEAR Trust already rent for the shelter. Six tailors will be employed along with two other workers (stitchers etc). The generator allows them to extend the hours they can operate.

History of Partnership

income generatorBHW's Field Director first met Jesudoss and Paulrani in November 2013 when he was introduced to them and their children while Jesudoss was studying at SAIACS Bible College in Bangalore. Regular email communication was maintained following that initial meeting and they subsequently met again in early 2015. In mid/late 2015 BHW commenced partnering with DEAR (IND16). 

Following a visit by BHW's India Partnership Facilitator in mid-2016, DEAR presented us with this business opportunity. 


The beneficiaries will be the LGBT community in Bangalore. They are ostracised and if they make a commitment to Christ the church does not accept them, and they are unable to get jobs in other businesses. There are also a number of single women from broken families who will benefit from being employed as tailors.  

What We Like About The Partnership

DEAR have really tried to take on our suggestions of finding a self-sustaining business. They have tried a number and this one seems to be the one that has the most success and they have links to a relatively consistent order stream. 

There is definitely a risk here that the orders dry up but if they do not do something like this they will not be able to continue to provide for the needs of this community without simply seeking donations.  


Key People

Leadership Profile

amazing coupleJesudoss was born in November 1966. His father passed away when he was two years old from an accident. He was a Hindu poojari (priest) and they had a temple in their house with a god named Narayanan. When he was 7 his mother died from a mysterious disease.

As he was continuing his 3rd and 4th standard at school, a teacher from the school helped him and his younger brother to join a Christian school with boarding facilities. There he studied with lots of support until he obtained a degree, B.Sc in Animal Husbandry, and a post graduate Masters in Social Work. 

Before doing his B.Sc he joined Operation Mobilisation for two years from 1986-88 and it was during this time that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and committed his life for ministry as a missionary to work with the rejected, orphans and hopeless who do not know anything about Jesus Christ.

Jesudoss and Paulrani, a staff nurse, were married on 28th December 1995 and have three children. Finny was born in 1996, Fanny in 2000 and Jeffry in 2004.


Vision And Annual Strategy


good businessThe vision is to provide income for members the LGBT community who wish to leave their current way of life and start afresh.


The strategy is to expand the business and employ more workers as the revenue increases. However, this will also require an investment in marketing which they will need to consider. The plan is to deliver the initial orders and then continue to grow the requests from those companies. They also have the opportunity to sell at community events and at churches which they use as an opportunity to explain the issues for the community. 



A one-off amount of US$4,565 is required here to purchase;
3 x Juki Sewing machines
1 x Fabric Cutter 
1 x Five thread machine (second hand)
1 x Honda generator - 10 KV (new)