Reshmi Kashyap is an entrepreneur who created her first social enterprise project earlier this year called Project Change 2014. Project Change 2014 is aiming to help both small businesses and charities all over the UK. To find out more about the project and why Reshmi chose to start it visit www.projectchange2014.com.
1. What is the one cause you wish more people knew about?
I recently came across an organisation called “Make Love, Not Scars”. They’re run by a group of young students in India who aim to help women all across the world survive acid attacks and bring greater awareness on these horrendous attacks. This cause is very personal to me as it represents how we can really help each other and that everyone, not matter influential can make a real differenced to this world. I find their drive to make a difference awe inspiring. However there are plenty of good causes in the world that need recognition and I really feel that we should all be trying to support these causes to create positive and lasting change. That’s partly why I started Project Change 2014. If each of us does a little bit together we can create monumental change in the way we treat each other and the type of societies we create.
2. What gets you up in the morning?
These past few years I’ve suffered many personal problems, I’ve lost many people who I loved and for a while I questioned my whole life, my existence and whether any of it really had a purpose. These experiences forced me to evaluate my life and the decisions I have made. I came to the realisation that I would not waste the time that I have. I would do everything in my power to make my life an achievement and a message to others to be brave enough to create positive change. So really what gets me up in the morning is my determination not to waste my life and to spend all of my time moving towards my dreams.
3. What is an inspirational quote that you would like to share with us?
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
4. What has been the proudest achievement in your life so far?
My proudest achievement so far is Project Change 2014, a social enterprise project I created at the start of 2014. There are a number of reasons for this.
Number 1 – It is the first project I have truly achieved completely by myself, when I came up with the idea for the project I decided to teach myself the skills to make it a reality, I taught myself how to code my first website, to register my first company, to create social media channels (really the learning never ends!) It showed me what I could do if I put my mind to it.
Number 2- I am determined to help as many people as I can in my life and I think that Project Change 2014 is my first step towards really helping others as much as I can. By supporting charities from all walks of life the project can widen its reach to as many people as possible.
These are just a few reasons why I am very proud of this project.
5. What is your hope for the next year (personal or professional)?
In one year’s time I’d really like to be creating a difference through the enterprise projects. I’d like to be at the helm of an exciting enterprise seeing the positive influence of my work. I want to be part of something that excites me and that makes me feel that I have a purpose, something that makes me happy.
I think personally or professionally this aspiration remains the same. I’d like to think that I’ve started that journey already and hopefully I can continue to progress on that path.
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