Community Pulls Itself Out of Poverty By Constructing Geometric Paper Lamps
Tiny Miracles aims to develop a self-supporting community in Mumbai's red light district by 2020
Netherlands-based designer Pepe Heykoop exhibited an eye-catching range of products at the 2015 International Contemporary Furniture Fair during NYCxDesign. Along a table were colorful geometric vases and lamps. The collection netted Heykoop ‘Best New Designer‘ recognition by a committee of editors at ICFF 2015.
The products are only a small part of the story. They were created by the Tiny Miracles Foundation started by Heykoop's cousin Laurien Meuter. Tiny Miracles is a charity that has focused on one community living on the street in Mumbai's red light district. The Tiny Miracles name implies something small but the foundation has undertaken an ambitious plan to move 700 people from very poor conditions to middle class by 2020. The project started in 2011 with five people and today includes over 100.