MYOB at Ratnashram, Songadh

Songadh

A Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) workshop was conducted at Shree Mahavir Jain Charitra Kalyan Ratnashram, in Songadh, Gujarat. The ENpower team was tasked with conducting the workshop for 80 students, i.e., their current Junior college batch of 11th and 12th grade students.

Let us talk a bit about the institution first. It is an alumnus led and run organization setup in the 1920s by two Jain gurus who wanted to provide good living standards and education to the orphans as well as kids from underprivileged families of their community. The same ideals are carried forward and followed to this day. Earlier they only used to have a boy’s hostel, but no they are a full-fledged educational institution catering to kids from 6th to 12th grade.

So, we went there for a 4-day workshop to be conducted over 24 hours as part of their Entrepreneurship Development Program. The kids under this program are taught to make Khakras, Pickles and jams from the produce harvested from the farms of the ashram. The brief given to us was to enhance the business profitability potential of these endeavors.

Our Founder & CEO, Mr. Sushil Mungekar, while discussing with the strategy to be followed for the content of the program, thought aloud, “Why keep the children limited to the age-old businesses that they are already good at? Why not expand their horizons and let them think about something more for the community in general.” Thus, the team under his leadership strategized about a program based on Empathy. The idea was to present real-world problems to the students and let them devise of ways with which they could alleviate those problems in the form of a product or service.

Needless to say the program was a huge success, with the winning team proposing a well thought out mobile toilet for the masses. Other ideas included, an app-based garbage collection system, a drone-based traffic management system, an alcohol detection and safety system for vehicles, and many such innovative ideas. It was really a tough job for the jury to decide the winners. Also, there was an elevator pitch contest where the team with the best pitch was given a prize other than from the top three.

Seeing the emotional and proud parents/guardians watching their wards present and win was a humbling moment for the team.

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