A young woman fails her Maharashtra police exam by a few marks and decides to give up on her dream of becoming a police officer. She doesn’t do this because she is poor, or a woman, she does it because she is tired of fighting the system alone.
Another young woman starts college in the melting pot that is America and begins to seek her Indian identity. Begins to seek an India beyond the usual stories of religious strife, caste, and Taj Mahal tourism. Begins to seek a country she has actually never lived in.
When the two meet, barriers of class, privilege, and language seem to fall away and the underprivileged young woman is happy to confide in and get advice from an empathetic peer. And the empathetic peer, through this interaction, finds a meaningful way to connect with her roots – her country.
This is the genesis of Hi Didi, an organization that believes that if India is to truly progress, it needs greater participation from its women – all its women. It needs more women in India to stay in education and join the workforce. And it needs to tap the incredible talent we have in our young women of the diaspora.
Today HiDidi is proud of its growing body of mentors in the US, UK, and Asia. These young women who are in challenging university courses and demanding jobs take the time to volunteer and make a difference. HiDidi is also incredibly proud of its inspirational mentees at Avasara. And for our founder, Divya Sahney – after having spent over twenty-five years working as a finance professional, strategic planner, and a freelance brand consultant in New York, London, and Hong Kong – HiDidi has finally allowed her to give back to her country as an expatriate.