Considering starting your own charity? Nikita and Corrina discuss Fortify Health‘s startup journey, and the room for improvement in one important part of the current charity-startup landscape: contextual expertise. They make the call for more country-based founders to consider starting new, effective organisations and applying to the Charity Entrepreneurship programme.
Nikita Patel previously worked in global health communications at Malaria Consortium. She’s also worked as Research & Outreach Intern at the Centre for Effective Altruism, and Project Manager at Voenna Rampa Refugee Camp in Bulgaria. She graduated from University of Oxford with a BA in French and German, and is interested in animal welfare, mental health and tackling modern slavery. She enjoys cooking, language-learning, hiking and cycling.
Corrina Vali previously founded and ran Saheli, a social enterprise that improves women’s access to affordable and high quality menstrual hygiene products in rural Gujarat. She’s been an OceanPath fellow with the Coady International Institute in Canada and an incubatee of the Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Program. She graduated from McGill University with a BA in International Development and Economics. She’s interested in development economics, public policy and global health. She enjoys dance, travel and food.