Student wins social business competition
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Social business must achieve financial stability and have a social impact. It will not give any dividend to the investors and will only allow them to take their investment back, out of the profit the venture makes.
Those were the words that came from Maliyat Aniqa Noor, a 13-year-old schoolgirl, who won the first-ever social business plan competition for high-school students in the country yesterday.
Aniqa, a class eight student of Sir John Wilson School, beat competitors from other schools with her idea of making papers from banana trees -- an idea, which, she thinks can create a lot of employment.
"My project will grow bananas for local people so that they can have cheaper fruit. Later, I will chop off the trees and make pulp from them. The village women will use the pulp to prepare handicraft items manually," she told a gathering of about 1,500 people.
The win gives her an internship opportunity at the Yunus Centre, a global hub of social business movement.
Aniqa was among a few hundred students from five city schools who gathered at the “Come Together: Social Business Event” on the premises of American International School Dhaka in Baridhara to learn more about the social business model, directly from Prof Muhammad, who is championing social business around the world.
American International School in association with Yunus Centre organised the daylong event in an effort to teach students how the increasingly popular concept can help solve social problems.
About 1,500 guests including ambassadors, dignitaries, students and teachers of American International School Dhaka, Australian International School, International School Dhaka, Scholastica and Sir John Wilson School attended the programme.