Suman Rao launches second center for her Project Pragati

28 Dec 2019 | Angelique Reyes

Suman Ratan Rao Miss World Second Runner-up 2019 and Miss World Asia 2019 was welcomed into the streets of Aaidana, a small village in the Rajasamand district of Rajasthan. The people of the village lauded the 21-year-old diva with happy tears as she reached her hometown after winning the title of Miss World 2nd Runner-up 2019 and Miss World Asia 2019.

A huge crowd of people welcomed the model and referred to her as ‘Suman Bai Sa’ as they turned up in their traditional wear to hail their laadli. Suman who is a CA student shifted to Navi Mumbai with her parents in relation to their business when she was 1 year old. She is connected to her roots very much as she shot her beauty with a purpose video in Rajasthan itself.



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Suman Ratan Rao who explained her beauty with a purpose during the competition with Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce, launched the second center for her Project Pragati in collaboration with the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation. The center is set up in Deogarh, Rajasmand district. As she explained during the competition of Miss World 2019, she wants to work for the empowerment of women in the country. The center will be focused on the developing and upliftment of the rural women as it will help them earn their sustainable livelihood.

Princess Diya Kumari Foundation is an NGO which was set up by Princess Diya Kumari;  a member of the royal family of Jaipur and Member of Parliament. The foundation essentially helps the women especially in rural areas to be independent and self-sufficient through skill development. Since Suman Rao had the same vision for the women in rural areas, the two joined hands together to make something they both can be proud of and that’s how Project Pragati came along.



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Suman said, “We are working for the expansion of this project so that more women get skill training and become independent, financially as well as socially.’’ Project Pragati is bridging the gap between the problem and the solution. The women of Aidana love to sew, and Project Pragati joining hands with PDKF is going to help them the opportunity to sell their art.