Social Entrepreneur Success Story #ChetChat

Click on this link for a video with Suhani Jalota Baldwin Scholar from Duke University, 2016 College Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine, Melissa and Doug Entrepreneur Fellow, Economics and Global health major, TEDx speaker, CEO and Founder of Myna Mahila Foundation.

1. Early interest – her father was in the Indian government, Rajiv Jalota, Commissioner at Sales Tax Department, her mother was into social entrepreneurship
2. Economics Extended Essay Project in Dharavi Slums – efficiency of operation and maintenance of public toilets in Dharavi
3. Importance of public participation in projects and community building
4. Myna Mahila foundation was set up, owned by women from this community
5. They manufacture women’s sanitary pads, to target menstrual health and to empower women
6. Duke University – played a role in shaping her life. She was in the focus program on global health
7. Gates Foundation Project to reinvent the toilets
8. Melinda Gates is a Duke Alum and has invested
9. She went to rural Maharashtra to do a project in a village which had open defecation
10. She won the Baldwin Scholarship funding to go to South Africa. She interned with Economic Policy research institute
11. Social entrepreneurship competitions
12. Melissa Doug Entrepreneurship Fellow – mentored in New York, Melissa and Doug Toy Company gave her seed funding
13. Thesis on effect of slum redevelopment on child health outcomes
14. Quantitative evidence is important
15. Interning at Dalberg – a development consulting firm
16. ID Insight – she will be working there in Delhi
17. Myna Mahila foundation – makes three kinds of pads
18. Social Entrepreneurship needs to balance social impact and revenue goals
19. How to change the world by David Bornstein
20. Technical skills are valuable including statistics, engineering
21. College has many resources – pushing yourself to avail these resources
22. Availing programs that can provide funding, competitions, research grants, can join professors with their research
23. Explore different sectors, civil sector, social sector, private and corporate sector space and public sector space.
24. Revenue in the social space
25. Human centred design approach

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