Monday, August 31, 2009

Mentor a Social Entrepreneur with Dasra Social-Impact

Dasra is launching a new, and exceptional cohort of social entrepreneurs, who are part of Dasra Social-Impact, in October. It’s a year-long program enabling social entrepreneurs, to sustainably scale their organizations, thereby dramatically accelerating and increasing their impact on some of the most marginalized communities in India.

They may be running social businesses, NGOs or hybrid organizations, but all of them need financial and strategic mentorship to create a strong business plan to access more funding and scale their activities.

This guidance is vital and I think you have valuable expertise and experience which would contribute an enormous amount to their professional development.

Some examples of the organizations taking part this year are Mann Deshi, a hybrid organization providing loans and business education to poor, illiterate rural women; Mirakle Couriers, a social business employing deaf adults as couriers and RIVER; an NGO which creates truly innovative curriculums and materials to help teachers who have large, mixed grade classes, with exceptional results.

This is an opportunity to apply your experience and business acumen,while meeting and learning from those who have incredible stories and innovative solutions to fighting poverty. Not only is it different from anything you may have done before, it’s also unique – no other program in India enables you to contribute in this way.

Alongside residential workshops, you will help them build:
• a solid business plan
• a tactical execution plan
• a clarified vision towards long-term growth and sustainability
• an improved understanding of financing options
• an expanded network of relevant contacts.

Dasra-Social Impact is looking for mentors who can commit to two days in Mumbai in the weeks of October 25th 2009, February 15th and May 31st 2010 with online and phone communication fortnightly.

Mentors are also required with specific skills in finance, HR,communications, project management, fundraising or industry experience.

We generally need mentors in Mumbai but also these locations: Pune, Satara (MH), Kolhapur (MH),Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mandapalle (AP), Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jammu, Kutch.

Your skills will directly help them realize their vision.

If you feel you might not have the time to commit this year, please pass it onto to someone who may be interested.


Contact:
Ms Zuhura Plummer
Dasra
Fern Mansion, 1st Floor, 29 St Francis AvenueNext to Khar Subway, Santa Cruz (W) Mumbai 400 054T +91 22 3240 3453
E zuhura@dasra.org
M +91 98 19 46 82 93
W www.dasra.org


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