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Ansuya, which means learned woman in Sanskrit, was launched in the summer of 2012 in a slum in Mumbai, India, called Janupada. Aparna Bhat, current student of the IE Master in International Relations (MIR), implemented this idea with a small group of girls as students. With the help of some volunteers, Aparna taught the girls soft skills _ such as English, math or public speaking_ and hard skills_embroidery or fabric painting. This extracurricular learning process resulted in the making of cloth bags that were sold. The profit from the sales was given to the girls, with the aim to make them a bit more independent and empowered.

Three months later, when Aparna travelled to Spain, she was convinced that the MIR experience and the IE platform could help her develop further her idea. Here, she met another student from the MIR program, Sara Barragán Montes. Even though they came from completely different backgrounds, both share the same values, and decided to work together to formalize Ansuya and design a sustainable organization with a durable social impact based on both their experiences.

Ansuya is still a work in progress, but it is on the right path. The proof of this is that it won third place among 13 great social business ideas presented during the IE Impact Weekend, a contest organized by IE Net Impact Club along with IE Entrepreneurship Club, Venture Lab, Area 31, Emzingo and the HUB Madrid. The entire weekend involved a lot of hard work, but it was an experience that allowed Aparna and Sara to receive valuable feedback from other IE students, the judges and their mentor, Pablo Esteves from Emzingo.

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