Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Project W.E - Turning Rural Dreams Into Reality
Explain your project in details:
Project W.E, as the name suggests 'Women Entrepreneur' is an initiative which emphasises on the overall development and promotion of women living in rural and sub-burb areas of India. Its main objective is to uplift the status of rural women in a male-dominant society by seeking employment for them. To achieve this aim Project WEs first step is an entrepreneurial workshop which gives the young girls an overview of the basics of entrepreneurship and how to sculpt a raw idea during the course of four hours. Once the girls are familiar with entrepreneurial terminologies, they are introduced to a competition where they are required to implement the knowledge gained from the workshop to present an idea of their own. The final stage of this project is a mentor-mentee program where each finalist is assigned a mentor who guides them through their journey of making their business idea successful. W.E has successfully touched the lives of more than 300 girls and wishes to stretch its arms as far as possible. As of now, more than ten teenage women are working with the mentors to turn their projects into a reality. Project W.E mission and goal: 1.Improve Indias most cited deficiency-gender inequality and education. 2.Rural girls becoming empowered and actively engaged in learning. 3.Increase confidence, achievement and future aspirations in them 4.Community members (mentors) start to take responsibility for the societies upcoming generation by investing time, care, guidance, and love that the girls deserve.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
After almost two years of successfully managing the organisation, I can proudly say that the program has been a huge success. Other than the girls, their families have also been deeply impacted. Their lifes have slowly started to transform as their young girls started to step out of the four walled kitchen and did something remarkable. This program also widened the parents perspective towards women as majority of the rural girls mothers were housewives. It promotes the need of education among young women broadening their horizon and giving them exposure In the field of business. My project provided a two-way growth and learning where the mentors also get a different experience all together and were found to be more passionate towards philanthropy by the end. These mentors themselves were all rural girls who were once in the same shoes as the young 18 year olds they were mentoring This experience more than anything made them feel satiated; they strongly believed they were contributing to strengthen the entire community as they saw each of their girls succeed in their lives. Until now, Project W.E has successfully conducted workshops for 250-300 students and connected 10 students with real women entrepreneurs who are helping our winners develop and start their business ideas. In addition, for me initiating this entire project was a journey filled with learning. Throughout this process whether it be giving them a workshop or reading each of their ideas for the competition I experienced challenged but the smiles of these girls made up for the rigorous process behind creating this program. I got an insight into the real life of these girls and also got a chance to impact their lifes deeply.
Sustainability and future plans
For the future of the project, my focus in the next two years Is to conduct entrepreneurial workshops in most of the rural villages of Uttar Pradesh, India and then slowly expand to other states which have been suffering from gender Inequality. During my time working on this project, I have been able to attract the attention of a few companies who are willing to sponsor my venture. In the next few years, I plan to develop a team of highly motivated Individuals who would be willing to take the challenge and travel around India to promote women entrepreneurship. Furthermore, I am a strong believer of delivering quality over quantity, and keeping this In mind, I would do my level best In helping our finalist launch their business ventures In today's' competitive environment. I plan to set up my own team of staff members who would act as advisors helping these women launch their project.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born in a small, two tier city where a very small percent of the population can obtain basic necessities. The first time I truly realised my privileged status was when I was sixteen. Indu, our familys caretaker brought me to her home, Basti, for the first time. Sitting almost unnoticeably on the outskirts of Kanpur, it was but one of many slums located in the area. Like most slums in India, it lacked basic amenities and where women exposure to the world was limited to the boundaries of four wall kitchens. This is how my journey in the field of social service started and since then there has been no turning back. A high school senior in India, I started my own venture Nutrishan which focuses on providing the anaemic students with the required nutrients in the form of nutrition bars. My venture has supplied more than three thousand bars to these children specially those are deficient in iron and calcium. Furthermore, I have spent most of my time focusing on my project WE which as mentioned promotes entrepreneurship among young talented women. I have also been awarded Duke of Edinburgh International Silver Award for my community engagement. Ever since that fated day when I first met these women entrepreneurs, my life has changed for the better. My eyes have been opened and I am no longer sheltered, oblivious to the truths of life. I see the world now in ways I could not fathom before and I know what had been missing in my life.