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Social Development

“A successful entrepreneur is married to a vision and cannot rest until it has transformed all of society,” says Hasina. Working as a social changemaker in the truest sense, she has passionately pursued her vision in social development via independent projects and her Impulse org anization.  By combining leadership, management, and entrepreneurial skills with her social-mindedness, she has brought about change in three distinct sectors – sustainable livelihood project creation, HIV/AIDS intervention, and combating human trafficking prevention.Since she was a teenager, Hasina has been involved in social development work.  Her first experience with social entrepreneurship arose from her early years with Impulse when she worked with rural villages of Meghalaya to create sustainable livelihood projects.
Through her involvement with different community projects, she recognized the need to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Meghalaya.  By establishing youth programmes and community education, she created social change in a second context.  Through her role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Positive Living, she actively promoted youth health and established community education programs to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Since 2001, in connection with her HIV/AIDS-related work, Hasina has been involved with the prevention of human trafficking.  With a focus on child trafficking, Hasina developed the Meghalaya Model, a comprehensive approach to combat the trafficking of children in the state of Meghalaya.  In 2006, she was awarded an ASHOKA Fellowship, recognizing her work as a social entrepreneur.  The purpose of the ASHOKA Fellowship is to support her in her efforts to develop and implement the Meghalaya Model in the entire Northeast region of India, and also to work with the Government of India and other stakeholders for integrating the strategy nationwide.