Join Us Wednesday For A Live Chat With Chetna Sinha

Join Us Wednesday For A Live Chat With Chetna Sinha

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Ashoka Fellow and award-winning innovator Chetna Gala Sinha will be taking your questions this Wednesday at 12:00 PM EST.

Chetna has dedicated her life to pioneering services that have led to economic empowerment and financial inclusion for rural women in the drought-affected areas of Western Maharashtra.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to ask Chetna about her inspiration, her story, and her future projects.

More about Chetna

Chetna was born in Mumbai and earned her master’s degree in commerce and economics from Mumbai University in 1982. At the end of the 1970s, Chetna was a leader in the Jayprakash Narayan student activist movement, which fought for the democratic and basic human rights of the rural and marginalized communities. In 2002, Yale University appointed her as a World Fellow, in 2003 Chetna participated in Harvard University's Bridge Builder Conference, and has been awarded lifetime membership with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

[And that's not all ... she's kind of a big deal.]

In 2005, the Mann Deshi Mahila Group in Maharashtra -- an organization she founded in 1997 to promote market-based strategies benefitting low-income communities --  won the International Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award. That same year, Chetna was also honored with the Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar award for rural entrepreneurship, a national award that honors a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to uplift the welfare of women and children, particularly in rural areas. Most recently, Chetna has become involved with Ubuntu at Work: a citizen sector organization designed to help women micro-entrepreneurs enhance their capabilities, pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations, and escape poverty.

Stay tuned! On Monday, Ashoka Changemakers will be talking to Vineet Rai, founder and the CEO of Aavishkaar Venture Management Services.