1997 – Birth of ANEW

The management of Paracor Company Inc [Paracor], a New York based private equity firm, conceived ANEW and envisioned its core beliefs, based on the inspiration gained from an organization in the USA named Non-traditional Employment for Women (NEW). Mr. M.K.Kumar, the then Chairman of Pierce Leslie India Ltd and a member on the Advisory Board of Paracor, with his passion for social work, helped move the project forward in India, from conception to commissioning.

In 1997, well before the need for women empowerment in the formal employment sector was felt by the society, ANEW was registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act, under the active guidance of Mr. M.K.Kumar. A management committee was formed to run the affairs of ANEW with Mrs. Lakshmi Kumar, wife of Mr. M.K.Kumar, as the first President.