This fundraiser is for my organization - Finsnap. I started Finsnap - a personal finance and digital guidance organisation - to raise awareness on the importance of money management among today’s generation of teenage girls. Girls have always been asked to stay away from money matters since finance is seen as a man’s domain. It is this notion that my friend, Vrinda Chandra, and I wanted to fight through education.
Finsnap is a platform for teenagers, by teenagers!
Finsnap started off as just a website(www.finsnap.org), but has grown into a digital ed-tech content providing company, that is working on developing a formal academic course that focuses on explaining the basics of personal finance in an easy to understand and entertaining manner.
We realised that girls studying in government schools and hailing from the weaker sections of society do not have enough access to a wholesome education. Thus, through Finsnap we decided to curate a curriculum that would give girls basic financial education. We primarily want to collaborate with schools like Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Kendiya Vidyalayas, and then move on to other schools on local levels.
What have we done so far?
We have formulated a one hour orientation program, which is a small introduction to the basics of personal finance. This has already been used in two schools in Delhi and Pune. Our focus right now is to convert this into vernacular languages, namely Bengali, Tamil and Marathi in order to increase our reach to students of different backgrounds.
We have also recently launched a series called “Conversation with Legends”. A series of interviews/conversations with some of the leading women in the field of finance, including: Ms. Shikha Sharma and several others.
What do we intend to do with the funds we raise?
- Cover preliminary costs of setting up
- Creating the website
- Hiring Interns for the course preparation
- Fund the preparation of a comprehensive and deeply structured curriculum that covers the practical aspects of personal finance. Since our curriculum is socially motivated, we do not intend to commercialise our project and wish to rely on donations.
- We wish to translate our curriculum into local and vernacular languages (Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil) in order to reach out to students in government schools across India. Funds will be used extensively for this aspect. Apart from translating written content, we also intend to make audio-visual content for the specially-abled.
- We also want to collaborate with NGOs and central banks to help women and female students with creating bank accounts.
Conclusion: Going by the old adage, “United we stand”, we request you to be a part of our journey towards women empowerment through financial literacy. Every contribution will be a step towards helping your ghar ki laxmi achieve financial independence!