Our Story

Who We Are

Koshish Foundation was initiated 20 years ago and established on the vision and approach of Mrs.Asha Sharma in the year 2012 to empower women to make a respectful living and gain a reputed stand in the society. Since the early years of her life, she has witnessed a lot of discrimination toward women. In order to bring the change, she started a training programme for sewing to help women overcome the burden of hard labour and gain a respectful stature. Without any help, she started training women in different rural section of Udaipur and its vicinity free of cost. These training programme was focused on educating and training women to meet up the pace of changing socio economic situations and make a living for themselves and their families. Since the inception of these programmes, she has empowered thousands of women who are happily making their living and building a better future.

Following the path led by her, Koshish was incorporated in 2012 to continue her saga by a young social Entrepreneur Sonu Sharma AKA Shona Di who further brought group together to contribute towards betterment of the society with a focus on child education, holistic child development and women empowerment. We share a common dream – a world where every child is showered with love and is given opportunities for their bright future, encourage youth with great potential to generate a positive social change in the society,and a world where women’s wellbeing is paid attention to and they’re empowered to sustain themselves and their family.

What We Do

Across Udaipur Koshish Foundation has resulted directly in the creation of hundreds of jobs and significant increase in income for women. These successes have given many women their first job and the unprecedented ability to add to and often be the only source of family income.Despite this progress their is tremendous unrealised opportunity to create additional opportunities for sustainable economic and entrepreneurship among youth and women in rural,tribal and urban belts.

Koshish has underscored significant capacity and motivation among Indians to break the cycle of poverty and build a better life.

Director’s Message


Motivational Speaker/Trainer/Social Scientist

Indian women have always been an epitome of beauty, strength, and intelligence. Today, the success of Indian women across various walks of life has proven that they have earned this reputation very deservingly.​

Sonu Sharma is an Engineer turned Social Scientist.Born in India, Shona had a keen interest in public service at a very early age. Being a daughter of a Military Man and a Social worker, she started understanding the problems faced by the underprivileged and felt the need to serve them. Her Mother who has been working for years for the society and who wanted to make an organization formed to assist and support women who are financially weak, and helped them in getting livelihood through stitching. ​

Shona did her ENGINEERING from Rajasthan Technical University. After joining the pathway of her Mother she did her Masters in SOCIAL WORK and then with the thought process of helping others she started the research through PhD programme when she became completely involved in the tribal and peasant communities in Rajasthan.​

She says “Every Women’s story is equally inspiring and influential,If you call the story as success then its successful. As I know I am a strong woman. I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor let people mistreat me. I don’t respond who dictate to bring me down. If I fall I will rise up even stronger because I am Survivor and not a Victim. I am in control of my life and there is nothing I can’t achieve. Keep on going, & the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”