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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Impact Issue
The term ‘impact investing’ emerged a little over a decade ago to refer to investments that generate a social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. It has now become part of the vocabulary of socially and ecologically conscious individuals and companies who believe there’s no better way to earn than by helping others as well.
But where exactly must an organisation invest so that it creates maximum impact in communities or enables ethical enterprise? Enter Darshita Gillies, a London-based entrepreneur and our cover personality, who founded an algorithm-based platform to match impact investors with companies, nonprofits and individuals whose purpose is in alignment with their own (p.20). Darshita’s vision is driven by her own journey that began in poverty, and is dotted with compassion and wisdom.
But you don’t have to be a philanthropist to create impact. Documentary filmmaker Haya Fatima Iqbal is doing so in Karachi with her insightful films (p.16), while New York-based actor-director Dr Lakshmi Devy is doing so with her new drama set in Hyderabad (p.12). Social-media star and author Saloni Chopra is igniting girls with her feminist notes (p.30) and social engineer Smita Bharti has set out to educate 40 lakh Indian youth every year on how to prevent child sexual abuse (p.44).
You can create impact wherever you are, using whatever tools you have. Are you?