Mahika on the Raising Entrepreneurs Podcast


EP77: A 16 YEAR-OLD CHANGEMAKER SHARES HOW YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BEGIN CREATING CHANGE NOW | Mahika Halepete is a 16 year old changemaker. She started AYANA International, an organization to empower youth in developing countries to create sustainable solutions for their community. In this episode, Mahika and her mother Deepali share her journey and discuss why young people all over the world that they don’t have to wait until they are adults to start bringing change to their communities.

  • The spark that ignited her to launch AYANA International

  • How her mother’s life was impacted by a visit to Rwanda

  • The most important thing to becoming a changemaker



Mahika shared a few books that have inspired her changemaking:

  • Ayana International

  • Be a Changemaker

  • Out of Poverty

  • Dead Aid

Special thanks to Mahika and Deepali for sharing their journey. Thanks to our partner on the Young Changemaker series, Ashoka’s Your Kids.


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