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Social Enterprises Do Scale: Jaipur Rugs From 9 to 40,000 Artisans

Social Enterprises Do Scale: Jaipur Rugs From 9 to 40,000 Artisans BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Nand Kishore Chaudhary started Jaipur Rugs Company with two looms and nine weavers. In less than four decades, Jaipur Rugs has grown the floor covering business to approx. $18 million annual revenue working with  40,000 artisans in 600 villages. The social enterprise has been featured in the book The Fortune at the […]

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The Tara Sharma Show Celebrates Your Family

The Tara Sharma Show Celebrates Your Family BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Former Indian actress and model, Tara Sharma, is in her sixth season, co-producing and hosting The Tara Sharma Show. The talk show is dedicated to mothers and children. Unlike most shows, it was not created to push products. It discusses family matters with Indian’s celebrities and experts. Recently, she started […]

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Sameer Walia: For-Profit, For People

Sameer Walia: For-Profit, For People BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Sameer Walia is the co-founder and Managing Director of The Smart Cube, a for-profit research and analytics firm serving clients ranging from skin care brand Elizabeth Arden to turnaround consulting firm Conway MacKenzie. The Smart Cube was founded to bridge the gap between data-rich, insight-poor research firms and valuable, but expensive, advisory […]

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Suparna Mohindra & Monisha Daga: Angels in Action

Suparna Mohindra & Monisha Daga: Angels in Action BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Two friends who don’t like to ask for money end up raising and giving an insane amount of money, goods, and support to a dozen-plus homes for adults and children. The Angels Network founders, Suparna Mohindra and Monisha Daga, have made giving a part of their daily lives. They […]

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Shubh Chopra: Social Enterprise for a Tight-Knit Community

Shubh Chopra: Social Enterprise for a Tight-Knit Community BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Shubh Chopra knitted a blanket for her son in London. She laughed when he encouraged her to sell her knitted blankets. Now, 15 years later, Chopra teaches and supports a strong community of women at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. From there, her Chandroti’s knitwear is coveted globally. Shubh Chopra […]

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Reap Benefit for the Environment: Picking Up Trash Picks Up Steam

Reap Benefit for the Environment: Picking Up Trash Picks Up Steam BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Reduce, reuse, and recycle in action. The founder of Reap Benefit, Kuldeep Dantewadia, went out on a personal daily trash collecting exercise over the course of 8 months. At the age of 21 he founded Reap Benefit, a social enterprise centered on improving the environment, and mobilized other […]

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Raadhika Dosa: Casting with a Conscience

Raadhika Dosa: Casting with a Conscience BY PAKSY PLACKIS-CHENG Raadhika Dosa is a casting director in India. Dosa has worked on the film Life of Pi, on films with Italian director Federico Brugia, and on many commercials. She speaks on the challenges and importance of casting. How you can impact cultural and social norms by saying ‘yes’ to the right project […]

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