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I have a Masters in International Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am currently working at UnLtd India, as an Associate in the Incubation Program. My work interest lies in the field of International Development, with a special focus on Social Innovation, Talent Management in the Impact Sector and Impact Storytelling.
I am very passionate about people development, inter-cultural exchange and capacity building of social impact focused organizations.
Thank you for your detailed response! I'm very excited about your project and particularly think points 2 and 3, if executed, can be very powerful in context of the root problem you are trying to solve. Will stay tuned to further updates and happy to help with any inputs (I work as a Social Entrepreneur Coach). All the best:)
Amazing job Swapna! The app looks great and I would absolutely use it. I think the really powerful thing could be to drive the user to action at the end (a lot of apps don't always lead to action on the ground). Hence, your idea of local partnerships with healthy stores and maybe even the possibility of ordering through the app will ensure that the user can make that split second decision of ordering healthy food - because its that easy! And this way it will be easy to track your actual tangible impact too - number of people who ordered healthy food, number of people who order healthy food on a regular basis, etc. All the best and I hope this app goes viral!:)
I love the idea of this women-focused micro-entrepreneur incubator and I think that empowering the women in the household will lead to the holistic development of the refugee families going forward. And I am glad to see that you have also thought of equipping the women with the life skills and services that are necessary for their own personal well-being and development, which in turn will lead to their professional development. I had thoughts on 4 main things:
1) Ensuring that the micro-businesses sustain in the future - A lot of micro-businesses die out without the right market linkages and business mentoring support to the micro-entrepreneur. So your case manager can work with the woman to set business milestones, connect to relevant partner organizations, provide the necessary linkages and hand-hold the business till it is out of the 'danger' zone. 2) Impacting other non-entrepreneur women too - Not all women might want to start their own micro-business but might want to work as an employee of a micro-business. So the next phase of this support program, could be to equip the women entrepreneurs to recruit women workers for their business, thereby growing the business potential and providing livelihoods to more refugee women. 3) Starting businesses that fill relevant community gaps - To answer your question in the skill share section, one way to combat discrimination could be to create refugee micro-entrepreneurs whose businesses fill relevant gaps in the communities around them. If people see these women as solution providers and problem solvers who are helping their communities, then they might be more accepting and respectful towards these women. This would require a good community problem mapping phase in the initial part of this women-support program (pre-business phase, as an ideation phase). 4) Showcasing the products, businesses and impact storytelling - Another way to support their business and make people more accepting of them is to have a powerful impact storytelling strategy. Perhaps through your own online product marketplace (building on what Alexander said earlier), a tie-up with newspapers, effective social media campaigns, etc.
I hope these suggestions help and all the best for the challenge! I'm rooting for you:)