BENGALURU: All of 23, Swati Bondia, a fresh MBA graduate from a city business school, received an international recognition from Junior Chamber International as one among 10 outstanding young persons of the world at a function in Kanazawa, Japan on Saturday. She ecomes is the first Indian woman to receive the award during 100 years since JCI established.
This is the second global honour for her. In July last year, she was the only Indian businesswoman to have made it to the BoP, which is being organized by the University of Colombia in association with United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education Secretariat.
The founder and chief decorating officer of Bangalore-based social venture Om Shanti Traders has been selected for the Base of the Pyramid market-entry challenge at Colombia.
Om Shanti Traders is a social, sustainable venture supporting at least 1,000 individuals from the poor and underprivileged sections to improve their lifestyle and, thus, reduce the economic gap between the various layers of the society.
Swati identifies individuals on the streets, trains them in arts and crafts, employs them and helps them to create a livelihood for themselves by selling their creations to corporate and individual households. The profit is shared with the employee families and a portion will go to the employee welfare corpus. Swati and her team ensure the children of the employee family compulsorily go to school.
Hailing from Jharsuguda in Odisha and a daughter of an industrialist, Swati is today a big name in social enterprise.
"It is like reverse mentoring. I was her professor and mentor in her venture in empowering poor and rural women, but she leads me now in my ideas. I am the founder director of www.enrichexpo. But is her drive behind this venture as its CEO and one of the directors," her professor at the business school where she pursued her MBA, GS Sreekiran told TOI.