Group That Shelters Trafficked Girls In India Wins $10,000 Prize From A Social Enterprise
Monday, August 17, 2015
By Anne Field
Social enterprise CommonBond, which runs a business plan competition for social entrepreneurial-minded MBAs, just held its second contest. The winner of the $10,000 prize: Sanlaap North America, a nonprofit that helps to rescue human trafficking victims and provides them with housing, medical care, therapy and legal aid in Calcutta; it also runs for-profit Zesa, which trains and employs residents of their shelters and other girls and young women, helping them learn marketable skills, and also funds Sanlaap’s operations.
More about CommonBond later on.
The enterprises are the brainchild of Sindhura Sarikonda, who got the idea seven years ago after seeing a movie about human trafficking. At that point, she was a junior at NYU studying finance, but she was so overwhelmed by the film, she traveled to India that summer to visit the red light district in Mumbai. “After that, there was no turning back,” she says.