- Interact with Social Entrepreneurs in urban and rural India
- Understand new business models of sustainable development in urban and rural India
- Interact with villagers in rural India and insight into their daily lives
- Interact with residents of poor urban areas and insight into their daily lives
- Develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges of life in rural areas of India and in poor urban areas and how these are considered in the planning of social business activities
Phase 1 (in Mumbai; 3.5 Days)
In the morning, introduction to the program
In the afternoon, visit of UnLtd India, an organization of investors and exceptional individuals who have a vision in the field of social business, who bring together content, advise and guide.
In the morning, visit of Mirakle Couriers Mumbai, a courier service that employees hearing impaired people. Afternoon: Visit the Oscar Foundation. The foundation helps youth from the slums learn life skills through soccer training for them.
In the morning, visit of Under the Mango Tree, a social business that does beekeeping and markets fair trade gourmet honey products. The agricultural productivity through increased pollination give farmers an additional source of income.
Phase 2 (In a village near Mumbai; 3 Days)
We travel to the village Henna in Purushwadi for a village orientation and introduction to the community. Thereafter, the program manager leads the participants through a simulation game that illustrates the complexity of agricultural production in India. The findings are discussed in the group.
"Shadowing a villager" - We support a villager in his/her daily life. In the afternoon, we do fun activities with the young people in the village.
In the morning, we visit an innovative social initiative in the village and then discuss with members of the initiative, possibilities of new social business models.
Return to Mumbai. In the afternoon, we discuss the summary of the program and have dinner together.
Our partner for this program in India is a social business in itself. Through the program, as well as community tourism activities, more than 50% of households participating in the 3 villages has achieved a growth of 25-35% of their household income. The migration from the villages was reduced by 25%, and the culture, traditions and environmental awareness in the villages are promoted.