Posted on March 31, 2009 by Vinay
Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote for my school newspaper:
Empowerment occurs when someone is given the means, either through new responsibilities, economic independence or other ways, to take a greater ownership in the actions of their everyday lives. Empowerment of individuals who were previously marginalized is one of the fundamental tenets of the social entrepreneurship movement.
Do you all agree or disagree? Please post comments below.
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Posted on March 30, 2009 by Vinay
Here is an upcoming event in NYC for AIF. Their annual benefit looks to be a good one this year. Details below. You can go here to buy tickets.
A Toast to Good Health
480 Lexington Avenue (at 46th Street), New York City
Saturday April 11, 2009
7:30 pm to midnight
Open bar from 8 to 11 pm
three-course indian-latin fusion dinner, silent and live auctions
The Apna Clinic*
author of the critically acclaimed memoir Motiba’s Tattoos and Planet India
At the door – $150
We encourage purchasing advanced tickets as space
is limited and we cannot guarantee availability at the door.
*Net proceeds will be donated toward the Apna Clinic.
Formal Attire – Tie Optional
About Vermillion: The melding of contemporary Indian and Latin American cuisines
and a selection of untamed regional Indian fare “heat” – tapas, signature entrees,
hedonistic desserts, boutique latin and global wines, “herb & spice” cocktails
Information about our event sponsors can be found here
Buy Your Tickets Now!
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Posted on March 5, 2009 by Vinay
We have written about microinsurance before, including SKS’s Vikram Akula’s decision to develop a product for his customers. Now, Bajaj-Allianz and CARE India will be developing a product of their own. In an interesting partnership between the charity and a commercial company, this venture will aim to help individuals substantially improve livelihoods through the safety net insurance can provide. On Allianz’s site there is a great interview with RN Mohanty, Chief Operating Officer, CARE India, speaking to this new partnership. Here is an excerpt:
The biggest challenge was definitely educating people that risk protection is an important part of their lives. We do this because we want to inculcate a culture of savings with the community, not just insuring for the time being. The general mindset in rural India is that unless you get something out of it immediately it is not worth investing. If you look at our client list, close to 90 percent are first-time insurers.
The rest of the interview can be read here.
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