How often have you come close to giving up on a dream? How often do you regret your decisions? We tend to blame our failures on the smallest of things and eventually give up too soon. But if you take a look at some of the most inspirational success stories, they’re all about strong-willed people beating the odds to reach the top.
Challenging the daily odds, within the four walls of the home or outside, yet a woman walks by all of it with so much panache and style. And it’s time we celebrate – her victory, her challenges, her strength, and the smile that lifts us all from the shackles of routine life. Thus, we bring to you the stories of three women who will inspire you, to celebrate their strength, grandeur and spirits to rise higher in life.
So, you started up and now you are struggling to get investment! This sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, only 0.9% of startups get funded by Angel Investors and only 0.05% are funded by VC Funds. I was a part of the other 99.01% so I can tell you these numbers are difficult to swallow. We know startup ecosystem is not all sunshine and rainbows.
It’s been raining start-ups in India for the last half decade. The Indian startup ecosystem is booming and the number of start-ups in India is on the rise. Young Indians are growing up with million dollar ideas and slogging hard to build their own dreams rather than be part of someone else’s.
When we founded BitGiving in late 2013, Crowdfunding was a little known term. I remember explaining the concept numerous times and trying to create analogies for the lack of use cases in the Indian context.
While it was tedious, it was exhilarating. We were building an ecosystem which didn’t exist and we knew it was going to be a crazy ride.
What is the secret behind having the most kick ass year? Is it 10% of hard work (or more than that?) or just sheer luck that you’re on this planet only to shine like the brightest star, or just a bit of magic dust that makes your wishes its command?
Well, it surely does take more than that. The year 2015 has been absolutely phenomenal for us at BitGiving. Being a part of others’ successes and triumphs is something we thrive on.
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato
A lot has been said about the importance of childhood in the overall development of a human being. Recognising this, after serious campaigning, the child labour situation began to improve in India.
- Article 24 of India’s constitution prohibits child labour.
- The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act – 1986 provides a basis in law to identify, prosecute and stop child labour in India.
- After the Right To Education Act in came in 2009, child labour dropped from 12.6 million in 2001 to 4.3 million in 2014.
- Male literacy levels in 2014 stood at about 82% while female literacy levels were as low as 64%.
Over the years, many individuals and organizations have attempted to eradicate this social evil.
Many such stories of successful collaborations reached us, with them determined to not stop in their fight for social justice. They are doing a wonderful job in their respective regions, and we must come together to achieve this collective goal and help provide conducive environments for growth to millions of children across India.