Thursday, February 24, 2011

Help a Maharashtra women's organisation raise money to join the prestigious Unreasonable Institute for social entrepreneurship training

Swayam Shiksham Prayog (SSP), is a current finalist at the Unreasonable Institute. SSP now requires YOUR support to become an Unreasonable Fellow and give flight to its ventures!

What Does SSP Do?
Based in Maharashtra, SSP has worked with more than 75,000 women survivors of disasters and trained them to set up rural social businesses. Led by Ashoka Fellow Prema Gopalan, SSP is now looking to scale up its women-led rural retail business in 5 districts of Maharashtra and launch the Rural School of Entrepreneurship. The Rural School of Entrepreneurship will offer village women and youth entrepreneurs training, business counseling, mentoring, and fellowships and other resources to launch their enterprises.

To learn more about SSP, please click here.

The Competition
As part of the application process, the first 25 out of 45 finalists to raise $8000 USD will be able to attend the Institute for 6 weeks in Boulder, Colorado. As Fellows, they will undergo rigorous training, mentorship and access to investors to give wings to their idea.

How will rural women benefit from Prema's participation at the Unreasonable Institute?
Prema's own very unreasonable journey of social entrepreneurship has been inspired by the diligence of the rural women of India.

She will use her time at the Unreasonable Institute to help mentors and investors learn about, engage with, and invest in, village women entrepreneurs who live in resource-scarce districts of India, yet partner with great ease with large business corporations!

How can You Support Them?
Prema and SSP need to raise USD 8000 to make it to Boulder, Colorado, the venue of the Unreasonable Institute. You can contribute by clicking here, for a minimum amount of USD 10 and a maximum amount of only $100, if you would like to see SSP attend the Institute. Your small support to SSP will provide a significant fillip to women entrepreneurs in emerging Indian markets.

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