The reality: “I spent 5 years failing one government exam after the other and another 3 years working in dead-end jobs with no savings. Now I’m almost 30 and I don’t know what to do.”
For young people born and raised in the remote Himalayan villages of Uttarakhand, opportunity knocks on few doors. Even today, many villages here are cut off from electricity and roads, while others access phone and internet networks from Nepal and not India. Even as the whole world was going online in 2020, poor internet kept the youth of remote Uttarakhand from witnessing these seismic shifts.
We'd like you to meet Hema*. She's a chatty 24-year old from Pithoragarh who works with 2 different NGOs, does online marketing on the side and wants to start her own business selling pahadi products that are unadulterated. But at home, she battles expectations of finding a husband before she finds her own place in the world - making it all the more urgent for her to begin her entrepreneurial journey.
For Hema and Saurabh, it's very likely that without the right guidance and support at this stage, they'll have to abandon their dreams of becoming self-employed and settle for less.
Help us help them. This year, we've already received 130 applications from Uttarakhand youth for our Margshala fellowship - Hema and Saurabh are 2 of them.
- Last year, we helped 5 young aspiring entrepreneurs from Pithoragarh district start their own businesses in eco-tourism, agri-marketing and digital marketing. This year, we aim to do this with 15 youth.
Meet our Margshala alumni who started their own businesses in Pithoragarh last year!!
- Together, our team brings a collective experience of 25 years of understanding of livelihoods, employment, migration and life skills in India (including Uttarakhand) with educational backgrounds from IIT and New York University.
Here’s how you can support our work:
Every small amount will help us reach our goal! If you choose to support us financially, you will receive our gratitude as well as a tax deduction certificate. With your contribution, you will be:
- Supporting 18 local entrepreneurs to take out time from their existing businesses to mentor Margshala Fellows (INR 5000 x 18 mentors = Rs 2.7 lakhs)
- Meeting the costs of Apprenticeship, Learning Exchanges and Live Projects for 15 Fellows to gain practical, hands-on experience (INR 75,000)
- Supporting 80 young and women to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and start exploring local livelihoods through our community-based Khojshala workshops (INR 2500 x 80 youth = INR 2 lakhs)
2. Engage with us: The IABT family continues to expand every day and if you'd like to volunteer or join us, get in touch! Find us and stay posted on everything IABT:
If you believe in what we do, please share our story with your friends and relatives. This is as much an awareness campaign as it is a fundraiser.
*We have changed the names for Hema and Saurabh to protect their anonymity. If you get involved, we'd love for you to meet the real youth behind these stories - spend some time getting to know them, mentoring them and we are sure you'll take away something precious back with you too!