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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year, it is to be fiercely resilient in the face of a storm. When COVID-19 hit us in March 2020, one of the most difficult realities we had to live through was knowing the drastic impact it would have on the trans community.

Folks who were already living an invisible lockdown for most parts of their life; would now go through another, further limiting the minimal resources, financial dignity and freedom they had.

Here’s how I learnt my first lesson. We had grand plans for the year. By February 2020 we had wrapped…


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In the journey to starting up PeriFerry, there were two questions that people asked us quite often.

Why is your venture not an NGO?

Why is this venture only for the transgender community?

We launched a social enterprise to create employment opportunities for the transgender community. The first of its kind in the country. Unheard, unassuming and as you can guess, unexpected. Let me first tell you the most obvious reason for choosing social entrepreneurship.

Through 2016, we reached out to multiple people pitching the idea of a tech platform to create jobs for transgender people and PWDs (persons with…

Neelam Jain

Social Entrepreneur & founder of PeriFerry. India's first startup creating employment opportunities for the transgender community.

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