Through the foundation Tiny Miracles, Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop and his team are using modern design and local craftsmanship to make a difference in the slums of Mumbai. One of the most notable income-generating projects are these lampshades made from sustainable bamboo. The contemporary handcrafted shades offer an alternative source of income to the cane baskets the community used to fashion before they lost market demand.
Assigning themselves the ambitious goal of pulling 700 people out of poverty by 2020, the group trains community members to make a series of high-end pieces for home decor.
It is their hope that moving residents from "very poor" to "middle class" will allow them access to education and basic amenities.
The Copper Lampshades are created by lashing slices of bamboo together with recycled copper wire.
These pieces are constructed together with underprivileged women of Pardesh.
Sustainable bamboo is carefully pieced together with recycled copper wire.
Consisting of 13 sides, the women can take each piece of the Copper Lampshades home to work on while running the household at the same time and assemble them later.