Age: 27
Home Town: Norwalk, Connecticut
Education: B.A., Economics
Specific Field Interests: Social Enterprise & Livelihood
Placement: Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Vipin was born in India but hasn't spent time there since his move to the U.S. at age 6. He understands the magnitude of change the country has gone through in the last 21 years but is now thrilled to experience it first-hand. He hopes to use his skills in digital marketing and technology to help bridge the gap between untapped artisans, skills building, and leadership training at Jaipur Rugs Foundation. Before becoming an AIF Clinton Fellow, he's had the unique experience of working directly with AIF as a volunteer with the New York Young Professionals Chapter for the past four years to raise funds and awareness about AIF's programs among young South Asian professionals. One of his goals is to see if what he's learned as a physically distant volunteer, effectively translates to the work required on the ground. Another goal? He wants to try as many regional varieties of biryani as his ten months will allow him to stomach and see if his current favorite, the hometown Hyderabadi variant, can be topped.

Posts by vipinshri


Why Vulnerability Was the Best Thing I Experienced in India

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Manchaha Part 2: Artisan Originals Collection Isn’t a Product, It’s a Life Skill

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Manchaha Mela: A Deadline for a Difference

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Hand-Knotted Rugs: The 2,400-Year-Old Journey that Needs to Continue

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Manchaha Part 1: What is Artisan Originals?

I joined Jaipur Rugs Foundation on September 19th with a pretty strong idea on what […]


Recognition of Prior Learning for Future Progress

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A Weaver’s Companion: A Bunkar Sakhi’s Purpose

It seems that when anyone needs to make a positive change in their life, the […]

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