Meet 5 entrepreneurs whose passion is deeply connected to social causes

What motivates a person to engage in social work? While the simple answer may be the innate desire to help others, for many, this desire may stem from personal experience; And for many others, this may be the determination to change the world.

Whatever the reason, being a change maker is not easy, and sparking a conversation or doing selfless service can often go unnoticed and unappreciated in the hustle and bustle of daily life and challenges.

today in social storyIn this article, we bring you the stories of five social entrepreneurs trying to make a difference in their own way and add meaning to the lives of others.

Anushka Jin

Belonging to a middle-class family, the idea of ​​starting something of her own didn’t gain much ground with the Anushka Jain family. However, she was determined to take advantage of technology to solve the problem of pre-owned household goods no longer being used, so they could go to someone in need and not end up in landfills.

Anushka, who was working at the time with Accenture, realized that the gap was between donors and NGOs – mainly due to a lack of NGO infrastructure, time or insufficient communications.

To fill this gap and find out where and how the materials are used, I started Share the role of Step (SADS) in 2015, a service that comes straight to your door to gently pick up used goods and facilitate their donation to an NGO or charity.

The SADS journey started with a few volunteers and two partner NGOs in Bengaluru. Today, SADS operates in 11 major cities. In addition, it has partnered with more than 120 NGOs, more than 100 companies, and has half a million users across the country.

Dr. Mango Vasudevan

Ecologist Dr. Manju Vasudevan has been working relentlessly with members of indigenous communities – particularly near the basins of the Chalkudy and Karuvanur rivers in Kerala.

I realized that there is a constant question of how to do this Create livelihood opportunities Based on the knowledge and wisdom of the indigenous tribes.

By dealing with the Kadar, Malayar and Muthofar tribes, Manju and her team were established Forest Post Early 2017. Forest Post is a network of small forest collectors and makers of handmade goods including beeswax, oils, bamboo baskets, and beanbags.

The group recently won the Outlook Sustainable Leadership Award for Conservation.

Nilay Agarwal

An ontologist by profession, 29-year-old Nilay Agarwal has always wanted to do something impressive. He came from a humble background, and worked to be successful in his career before starting an NGO. However, the unexpected death of his friend made him rethink and not wait to do things he really wanted to do.

And so in 2019, he decided to start Vishalakshi . Foundation In Lucknow – named after his deceased friend. It started by collaborating with a local NGO to Distributing food to people.

In the past two years, his foundation has been able to feed more than six people – about 500 people per day – in 11 cities (Delhi, Lucknow, Gurugram, Noida, Ranchi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Amroha, Fatehpur, Banda, and Prayagraj) with the help of more than 3,000 young volunteers. in these cities.

Natasha Mudhar

Natasha Mudhar believes that there is a lot to be achieved in the shadow of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals). In 2015, UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals that set out 17 goals, including poverty and hunger reduction, good health and well-being, quality education, and gender equality, among others. That same year, Natasha was hired by SDG supporter and filmmaker Richard Curtis – responsible for films like Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary – to be popularized in India.

With a 15-year timeframe for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030), Natasha has taken it upon herself to break down the SDGs into home conversations, be part of people’s everyday routine, and translate them into bigger changes.

She was doing so as part of Sterling Global, a global business and communications advisory firm founded by her mother in the UK. Since 2018, the work has been carried out by London-based The World We Want, a separate entity focused solely on accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals by working with business leaders, NGOs and governments, celebrities, influencers and philanthropists to nurture global movements.

It promotes the concept of storytelling, global collaboration, strategic communications, and affirmative action to turn awareness of issues into action.

Dr. Gitanjali Chopra

When young Gitanjali Chopra visits orphanages with her grandfather, little did she know that she would find her calling for their service in the future.

Gitanjali with the kids

founded Wishes and blessingsa non-governmental organization, was established in 2014 as a platform that connects donors with beneficiaries, spreading happiness and making dreams come true.

According to Geetanjali, the philosophy behind the project is simple – many of us have unfulfilled desires. While some of us are more blessed and can help others fulfill their desires, in return we receive their blessings. Hence the name “Wishes and Blessings”.