Day 2018 Special Interview Series
been because I have worked for my father’s business since I was 16! By the time
I had my MBA I had lots of real world experience in how a business is run in
India. Years later, when I co-founded Impact Guru, I had the arsenal of this
good training to put to use.
because I know that the work we do directly transforms lives through the power
of technology and the internet. We have helped thousands of people meet medical
expenses that in turn saved lives. We have worked with NGOs on social change
projects at the very grassroots. My mission to mainstreamize crowdfunding so
all Indians in any kind of need have access to the “crowd” and can ask for help
comfortably and securely from anywhere.
you the most and why?
financial terms, but also in the love and empathy she extends to others.
Princess Diana for their extensive philanthropic work to help empower women and
this year’s International Women’s Day?
Andheri office. I strongly believe that women’s empowerment can only be
achieved with education and the important end goal is to ensure that our women
can be self-sustaining and independent individuals, so I’ll celebrate by
putting in a good day’s work, which is my way of trying to set an example.
important message you want to send out to all the women around the world on
try to impose on you. You can do anything and be anyone, a teacher, a pilot, a
journalist, an actress. But first, get an education. No education is too much,
and you will find ways of putting things you learn to good use. Hard work can
make the impossible happen.
and men will have equal opportunity unblemished by casual sexism or misogyny,
when we have as many women leaders in business and politics as men, and when
women can feel safe at any place and at any time.
main challenges facing women at present in India?
live without access to quality healthcare, have to deal with taboos surrounding
menstruation and birthing,, are often not educated, and many are given in child
marriage. It boils down to the fact that education hasn’t percolated deep
enough to change patriarchal mindsets. We have a fairly uphill task at hand to
change such mindsets. More female role models and women representatives in
positions of political power as well as mentorship roles can help change this
yourself in next 5 years?
to have the assurance (and evidence) that the work we do as a crowdfunding
social enterprise has touched more lives and helped make some tangible social
and community-level difference. Also, I’d like to have visited Antarctica
|Khushboo Jain, Co-Founder and COO of Impact Guru
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