5 Women whose Social Innovations changed the World

Social innovators in India are making progress against varied social problems such as the lack of high-quality education, limited access to clean water and hygiene, and inadequate nutrition. Some of these social innovators are woman entrepreneurs and are among the most powerful women in India. However, you maybe surprised at how young some woman entrepreneurs are.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, we at Impact Guru are celebrating successful women entrepreneurs whose social innovations have transformed the world we live in.

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Shalini Kumari

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Moved by the plight of her grandfather who was unable to use the stairs due to the limitations of his walker, 12 year old Shalini Kumari determinedly set about to rectify the situation.

She came up with the design of a walker with a spring and self-locking front legs. The user has to push the front legs of the walker on the upper stair and the rear legs rest on the lower stair which makes the walker stable and strong enough to hold the weight on it, enabling the user to climb the stairs.

This adjustable walker also has a foldable seat, a horn and a light attached to it. The walker can take up to 100 kg weight and can be adjusted to different environments.

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Shweta Sharma & Jaskiran Goraya

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These two Class 9 students from Jalandhar came up with the idea of putting a layer of liquid that degenerates the covering membrane and spoils the tablet after the expiry date. Shweta came up with the idea after discovering many expired tablets at her house and worrying that she might have consumed one at some point.

Jaskiran saw a TV serial in which an illiterate person gave expired medicines to a patient which worsened his condition. Jaskiran felt that she needed to find a technique to help an illiterate person find out if the medicine has expired or not. So her idea was to make the medicine box/packaging such that it changes colour once it expired.

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Remya Jose

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The pedal-powered washing machine cum exercise machine, featured in the film 3 Idiots, was inspired by the invention of 20-year-old Remya Jose from Kerala, which has also been showcased on the Discovery Channel.

During her 10th standard, her mother fell ill and her father was undergoing medical treatment. Remya had to change three buses while going to and coming from school and spent about two hours each way. As there was no washing machine at home, the chore of doing the laundry fell on her and her twin sister. Instead of wishing futilely for a washing machine, she decided to try her hand at making one during her vacations!

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Ajaita Shah

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Ajaita Shah spent the past eight years working in microfinance and clean energy distribution in India. Born in Scarsdale, New York, to Indian parents, Shah now lives in India full time.

She founded Frontier Markets in 2010 to provide more than 300 rural Indian villages with access to clean energy products, as well as training and services for those products. In lieu of a grid that creates equitable power distribution, she’s promoting the benefits of solar energy and making it easily available to people.

The achievement of these social innovators demonstrates the power of educated women. If we empower more women with education and opportunity, the list of their innovations is only likely to increase. In turn, these innovations could be key to finding solutions to problematic issues in India.

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6 ways in which running a Crowdfunding campaign hones your Business and Management Skills

A crowdfunding campaign is a diverse and multifaceted exercise to raise funds for reasons ranging from social, entrepreneurial, or individual purposes. When you take up a cause and work for it, the fate of your campaign depends on every small detail. As a social entrepreneur or even someone looking to have their start-up funded, please be warned that it is no cake walk. Consider it no easier task than actually running a full-fledged independent business. Why?

 

Because you will find yourself involved with every kind of activity that an entrepreneur, a manager, or an operational head would undertake. That said, it will polish your skills, and prepare you for any entrepreneurial and managerial challenge in the future.

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Strong business acumen

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Strategy and execution sensibilities are the two most vital skills a business man should possess. When you spearhead a social campaign on a crowdfunding platform, you require quick and keen judgement, along with analytical skills to find the audience that will be most appealed by your cause. Additionally, one has to set goals and targets, keeping in mind that the campaign could fail if unrealistic targets are set. It involves leadership skills, quick decision making and even quicker execution skills.

 

Running a successful business on social media

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The first and foremost skill one needs to run a social media campaign is creativity. There is so much information that is so easily accessible, that if your campaign doesn’t bring fresh ideas to the interwebs, it might get lost in the clutter. Social media platforms not only keeps you well informed, but it also makes you adept with using new technologies and apps. Even the smallest details like scheduling timely posts will make a huge difference. Assuming that your campaign has had great reach on social media, you’ll need to keep your audience engaged. It will give you a flair with relationship building, community management, and engagement.

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Improves content writing skills

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Writing content for your campaign will range from a simple blog post to an impassioned campaign story. Content needs to be designed in a way that it answers every question that may crop up in the mind of a potential donor. Having said that, while your content needs to be extremely promising, it should not get boring. You will have to spend time planning the most emotive headline for your story, in order to grab eyeballs.

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Creating multimedia content

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Ask yourself if you’re more likely to read a long boring post or click on a fun looking video. Sky is the limit when it come to getting creative with visual content. Aside from the standard pictorial content, there’s so much to explore in terms of videos, animations, GIFs, and viral content like memes. You will find yourself continually pushing strings to add energy to dry text content. Undoubtedly, the engagement that you earn from your audience will match your efforts of taking your fundraiser to a new high. .

 

Marketing and communication skills

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The most important aspect of any business is to create awareness about your cause. If people don’t know who you are, or what you’re doing, they will not be interested in collaborating. Additionally, marketing requires fostering goodwill, building relationships, and collaborating, all of which are essential business and entrepreneurial skills. It will require you to analyze every detail of your campaign and chalk out which communication platform is best suited for you. This may require you to learn how to improve communication skills.

 

Time management and decision making skills

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Though it can be daunting at first, you will find yourself juggling several tasks at the same time. There will be a lot of strategy planning, creating content, operational and technical work, and even scheduling and engaging with interactions on social media. In the bargain, you will learn the art of multitasking, one that will take you a long way in any business.

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While you may be a natural entrepreneur, polishing certain skills will only make you better at running a successful business. What better way to hone these skills than being the CEO of your own little crowdfunding campaign?

If you’ve managed to run a successful campaign, consider yourself prepared for anything that a challenging business can throw at you. And if you haven’t, Impact Guru is the perfect place for you to hone your management skills.

5 Reasons to Work at a Crowdfunding Start-up

Crowdfunding is a new industry that has of late been getting a lot of attention. With new crowdfunding start-ups coming up in India, new career opportunities are opening up. While a lot has been written and said about crowdfunding, very less has been explored in terms of career scope.

One of the dynamic industries today, crowdfunding has a lot of potential, learning and incentives to offer. And, here’s why you should skip traditional companies and join a crowdfunding start-up:

Crowdfunding is new but growing…..really fast!

Crowdfunding is at its nascent stages in India. Which is why, now is a great time to be a part of the industry. Plus, it’s growing way too fast and it won’t leave you behind.  Beginning your career in crowdfunding could mean that you could grow with the industry itself. Since it’s new, crowdfunding also offers better and dynamic opportunities and hasn’t yet been exhausted by many aspirants.  Here’s what a YourStory article states,

“Having grown over a 1,000% in the last five years, the global crowdfunding industry is nothing short of bullish. With $65 billion added to the global economy and 270,000 new jobs created this year alone, crowdfunding efforts have helped re-build economies.”

With Brazil, India and China being emerging markets, this is your chance to be working at the right place at the right time.

Make dreams come true

Sounds like a fantasy line, doesn’t it? In the crowdfunding business, it isn’t. We see this happen almost every day.  Passion projects, NGO programs, Individual emergencies, do-good enterprises; thousands have made it only with the help of crowdfunding. And, to be the driving force, the facilitator, the motivator for such projects is what will constantly inspire and drive you!u

A socially-conscious career

Most of us have been trying to balance our professional career with our need to help others.  At a crowdfunding start-up you don’t only get a fast-growing, well-paying career but also help create social change. Your job on a day-to-day basis could be to strategize corporate CSR to bring change or to market a campaign by an NGO to build schools for the underprivileged or to find backers for a social enterprise that wants to create environment-friendly products. No matter what you do here, you will surely be making a difference to the world and it will feel terrific!

Meet young innovators

Most crowdfunding platforms are run by young entrepreneurs who are passionate about social change and innovation.  The start-up environment assures debates, discussions and a whole lot of learning from some great minds. Plus, you will be interacting with social entrepreneurs, NGO founders, film-makers, artists and more.  Can you imagine the exposure!

Fast-paced and challenging!

A crowdfunding start-up office is vibrant and energetic. There’s always an exciting project in the pipeline, or a high-profile fundraiser waiting to be created, a tech problem needing attention or a successful fundraiser to be celebrated! Roles are never just limited to one thing which gives you an option to explore and expand your talents!

 

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