Some people are passionate about making the world a better place to live in for others. Such individuals are internally motivated and give their all to help others. One such motivational story is of Sonika Gahlot. She is the founder of the Indian startup Happieesouls. It is a platform that connects donors and various Non-profit Organizations.
Early Life and Education
Sonika Gahlot was born and brought up in a middle-class family in Chandigarh. She completed her MBA from Pune and then took up a corporate job. Because of her work, she often traveled to diverse places. Sonika always wanted to do something for underprivileged children. She shared this desire to help others with her mother on various occasions.
Passion for Helping Others
After getting married, Sonika moved to Bangalore. She started looking for NGOs to donate clothes but could not find many. She visited some of them and realized that they had no physical presence. The condition saddened her. The idea of opening up an Indian startup that would bring the donors and the NGOs closer came to her mind. That led her to start Happieesouls.
Research Before Starting Happieesouls
Before starting Happieesouls, Sonika did her own research. She visited over 100 NGOs in Bengaluru to understand the challenges faced by them. She found that the NGOs at the grass-root level struggled to get funds, raise funds and maintain their daily expenses. She decided to fill in the loophole by bringing the NGOs and donors in contact.
Options Available for Donors
Now with a rise in consumerism, our houses are filled with a lot of unwanted items. The website of Happieesouls has the name of all the NGOs associated with it. It also has a list of all the items required by each NGO. The donors can choose whichever NGO they want to donate to and send the listed items required by that respective NGO.
Services Offered by Happiesouls
In the current COVID times, Happieesouls also provides the donors with free pickup door service. The donors can now donate from the safety of their homes. We can donate a variety of unused and unwanted items ranging from clothes, furniture, toys, books, notebooks, stationery, utensils, etc. The donors also receive real-time updates on how far their donated items have reached and confirmation when they reach the NGO.
Reach of Happieesouls
Happieesouls has partnered with more than 300 grass root level NGOs in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. The platform of Happiesouls is absolutely free for NGOs who accept donations in kind. The items are delivered to all the partner NGOs.
Idea Behind Happieesouls
The idea behind the Indian startup was to create a sustainable lifestyle, help those in need and connect the donors to the ones who needed those donations. Happieesouls is a perfect example of women’s empowerment and how dedication is all that is required to create a positive impact.