Gaurav Mehta is the founder of Dharma Life and also a leading member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. To date, Dharma Life has created a network of more than 16000 rural entrepreneurs, more than 75% of whom are women, and have an established presence in over 4000 villages across 13 states. In this conversation, we explore the Dharma Life business model and also Mr. Mehta's journey in this space. Mr. Mehta provides details on the Dharma Life entrepreneurship development program, its positive impacts and its five key pillars. We also hear from Anjali Garg, who contributed to developing the Dharma Life training program. Hope you enjoy my conversation with Mr. Mehta and Ms. Garg!
Topics covered in this podcast:
[2:34] A Brief Introduction of Mr. Mehta’s background
[5:25] Mr. Mehta's motivation behind getting involved in the non-profit space and then ultimately pursuing the social entrepreneurship path
[8:27] After arriving in India, how did Mr. Mehta approach the initial process to figure out what model to employ in the rural context?
[9:02] The five key pillars of the Dharma Life model
[13:48] What has been the key to get to scaling and recruiting so many village entrepreneurs?
[14:38] Mr. Mehta discusses how Dharma Life has developed its entrepreneurship development program
[17:02] Ms. Garg of IFC Lighting Asia-India discusses Dharma life's journey and how its training model has proven to be so effective
[23:49] How is the compensation structured for the village entrepreneurs employed by Dharma Life
[24:29] Mr. Mehta discusses the most rewarding aspects of building Dharma Life over the past decade