“I come from the quaint town of Namakkal which is known for its top-notch schools, so much so, that every year the best results are produced from the students of this place.
For me, every since I was young, learning the conceptual aspects meant more than the blind mugging. Looking back now, I think I had always leaned towards breaking the stereotypes and paving a path of my own, taking the road not taken, you see. Fast forward to college, I took up volunteering with an NGO and slowly took up various roles with them, improving while I continued to climb the ladder. After a short stint with a start-up, I moved to a full-time role in the NGO where I became the national lead for CSR, driving projects nationally! This opened up a lot of avenues and exposure for me and I became even more involved with my work. Do you blame me? It was so exciting!
My role in the company was to develop projects for other companies so they can have employee engagement with a social cause while also developing the community. Working with the community and developing projects, I wanted to give them something to hold on to in the long term rather than just monetary benefits. As the famous proverb goes, “Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. These people needed something solid to make a sustenance for themselves.
Hence, I commenced this start-up of mine, to provide skill development courses to various communities like victims of trafficking and juveniles, and set-up a platform to market their products. Here too, the motive was to make sustainable eco-friendly products thus ensuring that we were covered in all three fronts – community development, employee engagement and sustainability. Monetary challenges arise now and then but at the end of the day, this work is extremely fulfilling as we are able to work as a community and bring in significant changes to the society like lake clean-ups and city beautification! To everyone, I just want to say, that there is no good time to start something! Just go dive into it, and everything will eventually fall into place!”
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