Hyderabad: Four years back when anchorperson Sree Latha Gutha decided not to use plastic, little did she realize that there are not many alternatives available for the people in the city.

Undeterred, she took it upon herself to create an alternative that would make Hyderabad a plastic-free city. Call it a good fortune, Telangana Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) announced to start a free course to empower women. One of the courses provided by the MSME was about making jute bags. Sree Latha enrolled herself for the course and in 45 days she learnt how to make jute bags.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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