Umang Shridhar grew up in a small village in Madhya Pradesh, and decided to use her commerce degree to start a company, KhaDigi, to employ and empower local artisans after seeing the poor conditions and poverty they face.
Jayanti Mahapatra started her business, Manikstu Agro to create local jobs and improve farmer incomes in Odisha, India. Her mission is to change the landscape of goat farming to keep farmers from migrating in search of work.
More of our fellow impact investors are proudly pronouncing that they are deploying their capital to have impact and that their financial goals are more modest. These “impact first” investors are moving out of the defensive crouch that seemed to characterize this approach in the early years of the industry.
Priyanka Khandelwal started her company, Abira Creations, with one sole purpose in mind: empowering women. She employs traditionally marginalized women in the slum regions near Pune, India, to create jewelry and fashion accessories.