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Sanjana Balivada, Founder at Girl Up Discover

Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the organisation ?

Sanjana Balivada: Growing up, my parents instilled in me the value of giving back to society. I felt a calling to create a space where young individuals, like myself, could start making a meaningful contribution. Recognizing the need for a platform where teens could raise awareness and drive change, Girl Up Discover was born in December 2022.

Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Girl Up Discover?

Sanjana Balivada: Girl Up Discover is a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowerment and raising awareness about pressing societal issues such as gender inequality, mental health, and period poverty.

Great Companies: What makes Girl Up Discover different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Sanjana Balivada: What distinguishes Girl Up Discover is our focus on empowering teenagers as young as 13. We provide a safe space for them to develop their skills, voice their opinions, and contribute to meaningful projects. Our emphasis on community engagement and teamwork truly sets us apart.

'Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Sanjana Balivada: Initially, I was uncertain about how many people would join our cause and how to expand our reach. Building a social media presence proved challenging, but we persevered. Through consistent effort and creativity, we gradually built our online community and are now thriving.

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Girl Up Discover?

Sanjana Balivada: We are now focusing on large-scale ground projects. With successful initiatives like "Project Avadhi," where we provided sustainable period kits to 100 women, we are ready to tackle even bigger challenges.

Our team is expanding, and we are excited to collaborate with other organizations to maximize our impact. In five years, I see Girl Up Discover making a significant difference and solidifying its position as a force for positive change.

Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be? 

Sanjana Balivada: My advice is to start with confidence and never underestimate the power of teamwork. Embrace challenges with determination and a mindset of perseverance. 



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