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Rafeena Enterprises

Telangana state is home for more than 40,000 transgender individuals but due to various social taboos and primitive outlook their lives and living standards have always suffered a blow. Shaik Rafeena, a well-educated transgender, has taken the matter of the community’s empowerment in her own hands by establishing Rafeena Enterprises with co-founder Mahesh Burranolla.

Intend: Rafeena Enterprises is an attempt to provide better livelihood options to other transgender people to make their socio-economic status better and empowered. For this, they have designed various capacity building and skill development training courses.

Idea: Rafeena Enterprises provides capacity building and skill development training in Indian authentic crafts such as Banjara Embrodery, Cluster Zardozi Embrodery, Printing, and Handlooms to transgender individuals. The transgender individuals can give up menial jobs like begging, and start making ethnic and casual wear for women through these handicrafted clusters. The products shall be marketed as “Transgender Made” and create creative job opportunities.

Ramana Gupta

Ramana Gupta is an extremely accomplished financial professional with more than 30 years of experience in banking, finance, and corporate treasury. He is also co-founder of Wealth First Finserv, an independent investment advisory firm directed by senior-level partners. Ramana Gupta is a person who influences top-ranking finance professionals; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgment is widely respected and trusted.
Ramana Gupta graduated in economics from Osmania University and qualified as a Financial Risk Manager from a banking institution. After graduation, he started his career as a banker with State Bank and worked across the country in various departments gaining insights in all aspects of banking. Known for his quick decision making and expertise in foreign exchange, he developed a passion for financial markets early in his career.

In 1995, he joined a leading corporate house to broaden his horizon. With the dawn of liberalization, the 1990s provided him with a huge scope for structuring innovative practices in risk management and capital expenditure. He went on to create several benchmarks in long term sustainability and low-cost financing.
Apart from this, he has also been proactive in social work as the inherent penchant of giving back to society is part of his personality. As a result, he became part of Bala Vikasa CSRB, where he is unleashing his passion through helping zealous social entrepreneurs. As a mentor, he is putting his best foot to bring up new aspects and angles to solve problems innovatively.


Ramana Gupta

Advisor and Board Member, Bala Vikasa

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