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November Letter

The India Issue

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

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 Bottom of the Pyramid by C.K. Prahalad. It is cited as an example of a social enterprise breaking the cycle of poverty.

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The Tara Sharma Show Celebrates Your Family

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.

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Sameer Walia: For-Profit, For People

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 firms.

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Suparna Mohindra & Monisha Daga: Angels in Action

The Angels Network founders, Suparna Mohindra and Monisha Daga, have made giving a part of their daily lives. They celebrate Diwali, Christmas, and Birthdays with and for others. In addition, the giving circle organizes newborn gift baskets, food drives, fashion shows, movie nights, vintage designer goods affairs, and even a flashmob. All to have fun and bring joy to others.

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Shubh Chopra: Social Enterprise for a Tight-Knit Community

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.

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

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 young people to be part of the solution.

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Raadhika Dosa: Casting with a Conscience

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 and ‘no’ to the wrong ones, even if it is to Google.

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Jamie Liban: A Life Like Yours

Jamie Liban started working with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and developmental disabilities (DD) in college. She saw the issues people with ID/DD were confronting. Particularly underfunded services and support resulted in people living in large institutions or languishing on long waiting lists. These experiences led her to public policy advocacy.

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