Mustafa Hashmi, 21

SO­CIAL EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR

India Today - - YOUNG YEARNERS - by Aditi Pai

Founder of Glow Tide, Hy­der­abad Dis­turbed by the sight of a man scav­eng­ing food from a drain, the en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent launched Glow Tide in July 2013. Aim­ing to en­sure a meal-a-day to ev­ery In­dian, the NGO col­lects sur­plus food from restaurants, cater­ers and can­teens and takes it to the needy. For now, Hashmi gets food from the kitchen of an IT firm and dis­trib­utes it to 45 chil­dren of the Cher­ish Foun­da­tion and 150 girls at a slum school-cum-hos­tel in Toli­chowki. Helped by six friends and vol­un­teers, he takes the food to the two places ev­ery evening at 5. BIG BREAK An IT com­pany in Hy­der­abad agreed to pro­vide food for more than 100 needy people ev­ery day. FIRST MIS­TAKE Ini­tially, Glow Tide gave food to people on the streets but soon re­alised it was be­ing taken by those who could af­ford it while the “needy ones were left out”. LONG-TERM PLAN Pro­vide food to 30,000 needy people ev­ery day, ex­pand op­er­a­tions and be­come the ‘Ex­cess Food Man­age­ment Author­ity’. ASIDE In his free time, he reads on re­li­gion, psy­chol­ogy.

KR­ISH­NENDU HALDER

“It’s re­mark­able that he’s work­ing to­wards this no­ble cause when most people his age are con­cerned only about their own fu­ture.”

M. Neelima Founder,Cher­ishFoun­da­tion

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