For every 25k, a new entrepreneur is born.
Mission to create 30 rural entrepreneurs in 6 months, and teach 1000 kids.
Sumon, a 31 year old man residing in Piali, West Bengal, is a post graduate with Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Bangla. Like many, he was unemployed, and earned his living through selling books as a hawker in suburban trains of Kolkata. But he is very skilled with his eloquent sales pitches to the commuters in his native tongue.
We accidentally met Sumon in December’ 17, while traveling in one of those trains, clearly impressed with his sales skills. However, he had poor communication skills with English. We offered him a program, where he gets trained as a smartV teacher, and in turn, teach English to the kids of his village through our smartV Education Centre on a low cost model.
Sumon, with our team and Gaurav Kapoor (L-3), Head Social Entrepreneurship - IIM C at Piali, WB
6 months down the line, 40+ kids are enrolled in his centre. His English skills have picked up immensely as well, along with better financial earnings and quality of life, not to mention the respect he garners in his village.
Sumon Teaching Kids at Piali, West Bengal
The parents are delighted to see someone in their family speaking English, and who better than their own kids.
smartV Education Centre, is a unique teaching and business model, to impart reading, writing and communication skills to kids belonging to lower income groups, at their grade level. The model creates entrepreneurs who teach English to rural kids through tablet based software. The technology and curriculum are designed in such a way, that it does not require the teacher to be skilled in English. Anyone, who is a basic graduate, can get trained as a smartV teacher in a short time.
At present, we have 90 kids registered across two centres at Piali(West Bengal), and Jibon Mondal Haat (near Sundarbans). A third centre is coming up at Sonarpur(West Bengal).
We were able to create visible impact in kids who undertook our classes. Kids who could barely read properly and speak in English previously, can now read and speak English decently at their level. Our classes have been able to instill confidence and remove stage fright in kids.
Buoyed by their improvements, we are on a mission, to create 30 rural entrepreneurs within the next 6 months, and teach 1000 kids. You can be a part of this mission.
Every smartV Centre requires a setup cost, in the form of tablets, internet, marketing materials, travel costs, classroom materials etc. All sum up to be 25,000 INR as below.
+Accessories(Carry bag+screen guard+cover)
|3||Starter Internet plan||400|
|6||Travel Expenses (Training + Handholding)||2000|
|9||Legal and Banking||3000|
We plan to start each smartV Education Centre across rural West Bengal with 25,000 INR, raised through campaign, and a minimal investment of 10,000 INR (1 additional tab and misc.) on the part of entrepreneur, to have him/her financially obligated and motivated.
Any donor who contributes to our campaign will receive periodic updates on the setup/running of the centre, improvement of the entrepreneur and the kids, as well as s/he will be eligible for a visit to the centre (at expense).
Help us with #AdoptATeachingCentre, help us #CreateARuralEntrepreneur, help us take English to rural India.
smartV Education Centre, is an initiative by Krishworks Technology and Research Labs Pvt. Ltd. We are incubated by IIM-Calcutta and Social Alpha by Tata Trusts. We are also mentored by ISB-Hyderabad and IIM-Ahmedabad. To know more, visit Krishworks