In the recent ChangemakerXchange (CXC) Summit Philippines 2017, Olivia Deka from Tezpur, Assam has made the state proud by being the only girl from all over India to attend the same. She is the Co-founder and Director of Finderbridge Tourism, a socio progressive startup based in Assam. It must be noted that Finderbridge is the only Ashoka Youth Venture from the northeastern region and she along with teen innovator Swapnanil Talukdar are the only youth venturers.
‘Being the only Youth Venture across the region of Northeast we are trying to come up with innovative ways to deal with the discrimination Northeast faces from the rest of the country. We, at Finderbridge Tourism, realized that some barriers between people from northeast and the rest of the country can be solved only when we make people see our culture and traditions up close. Tourism being a very lucrative way to bring people to see the beautiful hills and valleys of northeast, we bridged the experience of sightseeing with Community Based Rural Tourism (CBRT). It is said that travelling is the best learning experience for people and thus we hope to bridge the knowledge gap about Northeast India’ says Olivia.
‘After launching our venture at Guwahati Press Club on April 18, we got a chance to pitch our project at Ashoka Office of Bangalore on 21st April for the Ashoka Youth Venture Recognition. And I am a really very proud and honored Ashoka Youth Venturer now’ she adds.
What is ChangemakerXchange?
ChangemakerXchange stands for an exchange of ideas between young people who are working on innovative solutions to social, environmental, or societal problems in their immediate surroundings. At five-day exchange meetings, they deepen their knowledge and further develop their initiatives and business models. They network, enhance their own initiatives in a dialog with other participants and start joint projects. The program is open to social innovators between 18 and 30 years of age from Africa, Asia and Europe.
Photo Source- Olivia Deka