The ThinkChange India staff is committed to providing our readers with interviews with people we believe are at the brink of something special but have for the most part been overlooked by the mainstream media. Readers will be able to see other conversations under our TC-I Changemakers tab.
provides grants to grassroots organizations around the world that work to advance the dignity of children and youth. ThinkChange India’s Prerna Srivastava and Shital Shah spoke with Maya about GFC, her experience with children’s issues, and what it takes to be a successful social entrepreneur. Special thanks to Laura Fenton for her assistance in arranging this interview.You can listen to the interview here:
The transcript is here: GFC Transcript
As Maya mentioned in her interview, GFC is currently in the beta phase of developing a new model for measuring social impact. We hope to follow up with her once the social metrics model is fully developed.
Interesting excerpts and relevant links are after the jump.
Some interesting excerpts from the interview with Maya Ajmera:
Thinking like a social entrepreneur: What is something that’s happening now, that’s simmering, that we don’t know, that’s going to explode in the next ten years?
On the GFC model: I think of our work as venture philanthropy at its finest. We take small amounts of money and invest it and put it in the hands of the right organizations and see how they do and stick with them for 3 to 8-9 years, however long it takes, to see them grow and become sustainable, so they don’t need our support anymore. That’s sort of a social business model, right? How do you fund something and try to exit out in a way that leaves that organization stronger?
A simple philosophy: We believe that the small is beautiful, the small is powerful, the small is efficient, and the small is really, really big.
Maya’s advice to TC-I readers: Everybody has a part in this world to do something, and my feeling is, if you don’t try, you’ll never know. My other piece is, if you try something, and it doesn’t work, that’s ok too, because you learned something from that.
But I would really tell everyone out there listening: just go for it. See what happens. You may be surprised. Like I said, it takes a combination of luck, sweat equity, financing, support from family and friends, and really, a hard belief in yourself.
Maya mentioned a variety of organizations, individuals, and books in her interview. The following links may be helpful to our readers: