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: How stray dogs inspired an empathy movement

Chandani challenged the status quo in her community to transform the relationship between people and animals.
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Wonders from Waste: Akash's Journey to Changemaking

Recognizing the opportunity to reuse waste, Akash launched Energinee Innovations to redirect pollution into upcycled products.
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The Happiness Project: Apoorvi's Changemaker Journey

Inspired by her sister’s struggle with mental health, Apoorvi is on a mission to normalize student wellbeing in government schools across India.
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Leading agricultural innovation in Odisha: Naisargik's Changemaker Journey

With his changemaking power, Naisargik is determined 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

Sanjana's journey began with a determination to challenge cultural taboos around menstruation and ensure period dignity.
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Anugreh: Designing assistive technologies in New Delhi

By developing assistive technology for differently-abled populations, Anugreh is embarking on a lifelong journey as a changemaker.
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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

Kaajal is on a mission to rectify gaps in mental health services and battle the stigma against OCD.
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#LeadYoung - Jeroo Billimoria: Un mouvement mondial, qui commença par un geste à l’adolescence

Jeroo, une entrepreneure sociale connue pour être à l'origine d'immenses coalitions mondiales, a fait ses débuts à Bombay, en travaillant avec les enfants des rues. Elle leur donnait sonnuméro de téléphone, en cas d'urgence. Il se mit bientôt à sonner toutes les nuits. De cette bienveillance, et...
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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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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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