• Hasina Kharbhih on being a Social Entrepreneur

Media Coverage

Over the years, I’ve been featured in various media articles and interviews. I share them here, in gratitude to the writers and journalists that have taken time out to learn, write, and share what I do as a social entrepreneur and the cause of both Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises.

Tackling Trafficking Systematically

FeminismInIndia.com, 1st June, 2017

“I am a person who takes things positively no matter how difficult it is. In short, nothing is impossible and changes can happen. I am a workaholic, totally committed  to my work and enjoy what I do. As a social entrepreneur, I am married to my vision and I cannot rest until I fulfil my vision.

Challenges are part of life so the more the challenges there are the more I get inspired and strive hard to accomplish my goal…”

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Hasina Kharbhih Is A Catalyst With Impulse

Woman Times, 20th March, 2017

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013, on 32 percent of women seem to be employed or searching for jobs. Given the fact that women also make up a whopping 69 percent of the ‘discouraged labour force’…

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North East Project (NEP)

Vogue, September 2014

North East Project (NEP), a movement anchored by Impulse Social Enterprises and the Brewhouse, is an amalgamation of design energies of off-centre fashion labels with a touch of social activism.

The first collection for the NEP (‘Cut from the same cloth’) consists of products, designed and executed with indigenous fabrics of the Northeast, woven by traditional weavers of the Mishing tribe in Assam on bamboo looms. Each design incorporates the motifs of the Northeast region.

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Preserving the Fabric

Outlook Business, September 2014

Preserving the Fabric“Started by Shillong resident Hasina Kharbhih (43) in December 2010 with an initial investment of Rs. 10 lakh, ISE works to prevent unsafe migration and human trafficking by providing communities in northeast India a livelihood in their own neighbourhood.

The Fulbright Scholar and Ashoka and Aspen Fellow first started the Impulse NGO Network fresh out of high school in the early 1990s to market Meghalaya’s rich tribal handicrafts.”

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Inside the mind of an Ashoka Fellow

Asian Philanthropy Forum, 6th May, 2014

“Hasina Kharbhih has dedicated her life to ending human trafficking in India — and she’s doing it through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Involved in community work since she was still a secondary school student in Northeast India…”

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Branding The Northeast: Young Leaders Connect

Ok! Northeast, January 2014

Hasina with Mary Kom at Young Leaders Connect“The third chapter of the Young Leaders Connect organized in Guwahati on November 22, 2013, was attended by dynamic young leaders from the region who shared space to discuss different issues of the Northeast.

Mary Kom, the five-time world champion and Olympic medal winner talked about sporting scene in the NE. The session was chaired by Hasina Kharbih, MD, Impulse. Mary Kom entertained the crowd by speaking about her inspiring challenging journey as a sportsperson.”

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Branding The Northeast: Speaking for Ourselves

Eclectic Northeast, January 2014

Branding NorthEastThis 5-page article featured the Young Leaders Connect III conclave held in Guwahati on November 22, 2013. Themed on “Branding Northeast: Speaking for Ourselves” the conclave featured Northeast sports icons Mary Kom and Bhaichung Bhutia, and other young achievers from Northeast who made their mark in diverse fields.

I chaired a conversation with Mary Kom and Bhaichung Bhutia on “the challenges and obstacles faced by sportspersons from the region.”

Social entrepreneurship: Unique and full of challenges

SME Times, January 2014

On Social Entrepreneurship, in SME-TimesFor this article in the SME Times, I gave an interview about the past, present, and future of Impulse Social Enterprises, and the challenges of social entrepreneurship, especially in the northeast of India.

To read the full interview with Saurabh Gupta, in SME Times, please click here.

Dressing It Up

The Hindu, October 2013

Dressing it upThe Hindu covered ISE’s Design Development Training Workshop that was held in September – October 2013. The report, Dressing It Up, takes the reader through the design workshop with the artisans.

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GDN funds Innovative Development Projects

GDN, June 2013

GDN Awards Budapest 2012The Impulse NGO Network located in Shillong, in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, India has worked against human trafficking for over a decade. Today, it has a presence in most of the north-eastern states in India and works with partner organizations across India and South East Asia to prevent human trafficking.

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25 Most Influential Icons

Eclectic Northeast Magazine, November 2012

25 Most Influential IconsEclectic Northeast prominently featured 25 Most Influential Icons of the region in which I was also included.

The magazine chose individuals based on the following criteria: Influence, in creating a palpable change in their own fields of action and in society; Inspiration, for young and old, due to their work, conviction and perseverance; and Impact, in changing the face of the Northeast into a positive and admirable one.

I was chosen based on my efforts to help the people of the northeast through the innovative Impulse Model, and our outreach to rural women in training and marketing handicrafts for national markets, with the aim to bring greater self-sustainability to rural populations.

National Counter Terrorism Centre

Eclectic Times, June 2012

National Counter Terrorism CentreI was featured in the Eclectic Times June 2012 issue in an article featuring opinions on the establishment of National Counter Terrorism Centre NCTC.

The same issue also featured my presentation of the Meghalaya Model (now called Impulse Model) at the GDN 13th Annual Global Development Conference.

North East Excellence Award

Ashoka Fellow Connect, February 2012

Hasina Kharbhih - North East Excellence Award - 2012I was mentioned in the Ashoka Fellow Connect newsletter for my North East Excellence Award for Achievement; an award given by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, recognising my livelihood support initiatives for rural areas in the North East.

The Unlikely Crossover

Economic Times, February 2012

Impulse Social Enterprises and I were featured in an article titled “The Unlikely Crossover.” The article describes the crossover from charity to profitability as a path for NGOs, with the example of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises.

“It helps them realise that profitability and serving society need not be mutually exclusive. Instead, for-profit management structures can extract greater social returns for every rupee invested.”

Hasina Kharbhih: Undaunted

North East Sun, February 2012

“Undaunted by threats and other adversities, Hasina Kharbhih has been waging an unrelenting battle against human trafficking in the North East” says the cover story of the North East Sun.

This six-page story on my life, featured the Meghalaya Model, the human trafficking scenario in North East India, and a formal question and answer section.

Stop and Stare

Eclectic Times, January 2012

Eclectic Northeast - Stop and StareThe Cover Story titled “Stop and Stare: A Recount of the Dandiest Show of Last Year” features my experience at the Eclectic Model Hunt 2011.

This was the first time that a CSR initiative was taken up by a North East magazine; and for Impulse Social Enterprises, being a Development Partner of the event, I guess it was a way of highlighting that business enterprises of the region should also do something for the cause of development.

Eclectic Times is an English regional magazine published from Assam that presents an independent and bold perspective on Northeast India.

Raising The Stakes Against Child Trafficking

The New York Times, 17th January, 2012

Hasina Kharbhih, 40, has spent the better part of her life working for human rights. She started a nonprofit, Impulse, and developed a comprehensive strategy to prevent child trafficking called the Meghalaya Model, which is being applied in eight Indian states.

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Stopping Traffic

Femina, December 2011

Stopping Traffic, via FeminaIn this two-page article titled Stopping Traffic, I speak about my fight against child traffickers in the North East, all the effort on this front, and enemies made along the way.

The article highlights my work with Impulse NGO Network that ultimately led to the creation of Impulse Social Enterprises.

Femina is India’s first and largest read women’s English magazine that serves as a lifestyle guide for progressive women.

Young Leaders of the Northeast Connect

Assam Times, October 2011

Young Leaders Connect, 2011

It was a colourful blend of young achievers from various parts of the Northeast as they gathered for the first time in history under the banner “Young Leaders Connect” under the theme ‘Connect, Exchange, Strengthen’ to deliberate discussions on a range of topics.

The topic “Redefining Development through Social Entrepreneurship” was covered by Hasina Kharbhih (Meghalaya), founder of Impulse NGO Network.

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FICCI Award for six Northeast Women

Times of India, June 2011

FICCI Flo Honouring Women Achievers of Northeast

Honoring Women Achievers of Northeast, FICCI Flo NE honored 5 women who have done outstanding work in their chosen fields including Hasina Kharbhih for her work against Child and Women Trafficking and building sustainable livelihood options in the region.

All the achievers were presented with a plaque and a Muga silk stole. The evening ended with high tea.

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