Repair Cafe in diar need of funds for expansion
After five workshops in MG Road, Cooke Town, JP Nagar, Indiranagar and Seshadripuram -which brought a good number of those conscious of sustainable living -Repair Cafe Bengaluru (RC-B) is now trying to get the community to fund it. The café is seeking support through a crowdfunding campaign on Ketto.
“Right now, we are two people supported by a small group of volunteers. We depend on professionals and friends who are passionate about our work,“ says Pur na Sarkar, who cofounded Repair Café with Antara Mukherji. They believe that with crowd-funding, they can conduct workshops across the city this year, without relying entirely on resident welfare as sociations.
When 85-year-old Maneka Kumar heard about it, she headed to their workshop in Indiranagar, armed with a motley collection of her family’s belongings. “The things I own are precious to me. Old or broken, they still have a history . So when I get it restored, it leaves me with a good feeling,“ says Kumar, who is thrilled that the movement is gaining momentum.
It’s Also About Recycling
In the last Repair Cafe workshop, about 15 kg of old clothes, electronics, electrical items, jewellery and wooden equipment were diverted from going to the landfill. Repair Cafe Bengaluru estimates that by repairing these, it has prevented 6.9 kgs of CO2 emissions.