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Medha: Struggle for Sustainability  
 
Product Ref: 15/565TN Company: Medha

Product Type: Teaching Note Industry: Public Sector & Non-Profit

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Authors: Nimisha Kapoor   
They could proudly proclaim themselves as .Medha Graduates・ from that day onwards. They had acquired the basic life-skills (which many others lacked) to attain respectable jobs. He hoped that they would do well in life and be an inspiration to others. These were the final remarks of Byomkesh Mishra as he bid farewell to the outgoing students of Medha・s Employability Development Programme. Fifty students from all the three government degree colleges had gathered at Medha・s office in Lucknow city on February 14 2014. It was a day to celebrate all the hard work that they had put into the year-long training programme. Everyone associated with Medha, including the students and the team members, was very happy with what he or she had achieved. But Mishra and Christopher Turillo were still engrossed in the arguments they had started in the morning. Availability of funds had always been the Achilles・ heel, particularly in one of the most underdeveloped states of the country. They did not know whether to accept the loan offer they had or discard their innovative business model. That day, they wanted the courage either for a yes or for a no. They had struggled hard to attain that loan offer. They required money not only to scale up their operations but also to keep their venture going. But accepting the offer was also difficult for them. Not only was it too grand in value, they also needed an assurance about their own ability to service the loan.
Functional Area : Social Enterprises & Ethics

Learning Objective: The main objective of the case is to help students understand the challenges faced by a social entrepreneur. The case would provide a forum for a .growth versus sustainability・ discussion for social endeavours. The case would also help students understand that sustainability is a crucial issue for social ventures and social entrepreneurs also face the challenge of running their enterprise.
This case can be used to discuss the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship with graduate and undergraduate management students in entrepreneurship courses. This case can also be used in executive programmes to discuss the running of social ventures.
Length: 6 pages Country: India

Pub. Year: 2015 Level of Difficulty: 2
         
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