Wasudev M

Ashoka Young Changemaker
Elected in 2019

About Wasudev M

Tackling both unemployment and waste, Wasudev upcycles cloth into sustainable products and employs young women in rural India.

Wasudev’s community faces the harsh consequences of poverty and unemployment, which causes many young girls to drop out of school. Collaborating with a friend in the garment industry and his mother, Wasudev started Silaigram, a social impact startup aiming to provide sustainable livelihoods for young women in rural parts of India. 

Using upcycled cloth waste coming from garment factories and decor shops, Silaigram provides women creative jobs stitching the materials into sustainable, hand-made products such as bags, household items, jholas, and kurtis. Over the past year, Wasudev has worked with a team comprised of his mother, sister, and his friend to up-cycle 1,000 kg of cloth material, preventing harmful waste from entering the ocean ecosystem.

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LeadYoung Story

Read and watch Wasudev's journey to becoming a young changemaker.



Learn more about Wasudev's work in this article featured in one of India's leading publications.


Young Voices

Check out this interview with a blog in India about Wasudev's journey to changemaking and his advice to other young people.