Age: 25
Home Town: Maryland
Education: MSc in Social Entrepreneurship, University of Southern California
Specific Field Interests: Women's Empowerment and Livelihood, Sustainable Development, Private Finance and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Design
Placement: Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society in Ranchi, Jharkhand
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Fellowship Project: Hamsini will help in building a social enterprise to brand the products of Self-Help Group (SHG) Members to increase access to larger markets and create sustainable livelihoods.

Highlights: Hamsini is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Fellow for the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society and she will be helping build a social enterprise to brand the products of Self-Help Group (SHG) Members to increase access to larger markets and create sustainable livelihoods. Hamsini values curiosity and community which has led her to the development sector which allows her to apply systems thinking to identify interdisciplinary and cyclical solutions to development challenges. Hamsini’s prior experience has involved serving as a Technical Program Officer and Measurement Advisor for a USAID nutrition, WASH and women’s empowerment program. She holds a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and has designed and developed two social enterprises during her graduate career. Personally, Hamsini is exploring what it means to be a woman, the power of women and their ability to organize for social change. Through the Fellowship, she hopes to co-design a solution with rural women and understand the operational and field realities of the development sector. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time in nature, reading and dancing.

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