Story + Team

Strength India’s story began when co-founders Kiran and Tara were working together in women’s shelter facility in Varanasi, UP. They were appalled by the conditions they saw day to day: disease was rampant, the food was constantly spoiled and rat-infested, rooms were unhygienic and overcrowded, extreme physical violence was a common occurrence. Tara and Kiran spent 10 months working with over 300 women in and around the Facility before they realized that for most people, it was too late for any outside intervention.

Prevention is critical. Thus, Strength India was born.

The road has not been easy; Kiran and Tara have faced many things they could have avoided if they just stayed home. However, Strength India rides on a deeply personal commitment to protect women from some of the most inhumane conditions in the world. And so we work tirelessly through our programs, shaping a narrative for women wherein their voices are heard, and equal opportunities exist for all.

Kiran was born in a village in Uttar Pradesh, near the holy city of Varanasi. She teamed up with Tara after joining the NGO for whom Tara was managing a project and quickly proved her value as a co-founder. Kiran’s perspective and energy play invaluable roles in Strength India’s direction. She is passionate about communicating with women who are commonly overlooked in society, as well as campaigning for equal treatment and access for all people.

Learn more about Kiran here.

Tara Celli

Tara came to India in 2014 to implement her thesis in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz (in partnership with the Everett Program). She worked in management capacities with several NGOs in the Varanasi region of Uttar Pradesh before founding Strength India as a 501c3 in California. Tara is passionate about women’s health and equality, participant-observation research, traveling independently, and eating burritos (which she occasionally misses from her native California).