Stories from India

Garvita: Why Waste? Learning to See the Glass as Half Full

“The best ideas come from people like us, people of our age,” says Garvita. “We have fresh, growing and innovating minds."
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Disha: Championing women’s financial liberation and security in India

Disha’s team equips women of all ages with the mindset and skillset to achieve financial independence, challenging the gendered nature of savings and investing.
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Radhika: Desensitizing India to organ donations

Radhika, 19, is using creative interventions to spread awareness about organ donations through her initiative, The Second Chance Project.
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Wasudev: Upcycling clothing for rural development

Tackling both unemployment and waste, Silaigram transforms upcycled cloth into sustainable products while employing young women throughout rural India.
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Chandani: Protecting the wellbeing of stray animals in Madhya Pradesh

Chandani’s venture, KINDNESS: THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE, aims to change society’s attitude towards stray animals in her community.
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Akash: Piloting creative models for rehabilitation in Uttar Pradesh

Recognizing the opportunity to reuse waste, Akash launched Energinee Innovations to redirect pollution into upcycled products.
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Apoorvi: Promoting mental health in government schools across New Delhi

Apoorvi, 17-year-old, through her initiative 'Happiness Project' is aiming to tackle the serious lack of awareness and the dearth of mental health professionals in Government Schools.
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Naisargik: Leading agricultural innovation in Bhubaneshwar

Naisargik aims to counteract environmental pollution and curb the risk of cancer with agricultural innovation and community outreach.
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Sanjana: Converting stigma into dignity

RutuChakra challenges cultural taboos around women’s menstruation by providing education, resources, and facilities for women to practice safe menstrual hygiene.
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Anugreh: Designing assistive technologies in New Delhi

His venture, HYBRID IDEAS, develops technology-based solutions to improve the lives of differently-abled populations.
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Anshul Tewari Created India’s Largest Youth Media Platform at Age 17

Anshul Tewari was dismayed that cultural taboos are producing “a culture of silence that is pushing an entire generation away from changemaking.”
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Kaajal: Smashing the stigma against OCD

Liberate: My OCD Fighter strives to rectify gaps in mental health services and battle the stigma against OCD.
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Jeroo Billimoria: a global movement that started with a simple gesture in her teens

A social entrepreneur known for building huge, global coalitions, Jeroo first started in Mumbai, working with street children.
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Labib Works to Include Disabled People in Society

Labib's organisation InclusionX gives disabled and able-bodies people opportunities to meet. Read more about it.
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A peer community helped Ajay find his power as a changemaker in his teens

Ajay and his peers harness the power of technology and their own creativity to revolutionize farming in India.
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Sudeepto Brings Stories Alive for the Blind

Sudeepto has spent his teenage years creating audio books for blind children. Read more about how Sudeepto is spreading change.
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Hacking the Self, then Hacking the System

It is not everyday you hear about young children questioning the status quo, revolutionizing the automobile industry, or filing for patents at age 13. But they’re out there, and this is the story of one. Today, Param Jaggi is a 23-year-old entrepreneur and social activist. He is the founder of Hatch...
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Azmayeen Uses Technology to Overcome Communication Barriers

Azmayeen has been using technology to give people information since the 5th Grade. Read the story of Azmayeen, an Ashoka Youth Venturer.
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Sadat's App Helps Small Businesses Keep Track of Credit

Sadat is a serial entrepreneur. He uses film, technology and coffee to deliverer social change in his community. Read more.
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Mithela Wants to Give Teenagers a Voice

Mithela's organisation Power to Bloom provides a forum for teenagers to talk about what they are feeling. Read more.
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Moni's fight to eliminate child marriage in her village

Through starting youth clubs in her community Moni Begum has stopped over 200 child marriages. Read more to find out about Ashoka's Youth Venture program and how to apply.
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Two Bangalore teens link young people’s passion for arts with fundraising for social change.

Ashwini (16) and Priya (17) were passionate about singing and acting, but they, like other young people they knew, had few spaces to perform. Together they founded Jazba, a local, youth-run “India’s Got Talent” to give young people a space to perform where all proceeds go to a hand-picked local...
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Meghla is Fighting for an End to Child Marriage

After Meghla was almost married at the age of 13 she has set out to make sure that no other child has to be married. Read on for the story of Meghla.
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This 16-Year-Old Ashoka Youth Venturer Is Helping Solve Critical Needs Of Schools

Isana Nambiar has always been a great fan of female entrepreneurs, following the stories of many. Her favourite TED talk, “Programming your Mind for Success” by Carrie Green, has been big inspiration for her. With someone as passionate about entrepreneurship as she is, it is no surprise that at age...
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Shawon Wants Programming to be Accessible to Everyone

Computer programming is a skill that changes our lives everyday. Shawon wants to make sure it is skill accessible to Bangla speakers. Read his story here.
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