Mansi Vora has a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from Bradford School of Management. She has spent most of her life in the major metros of India. She was previously working with C-Edge Technologies, a TCS-SBI enterprise, when she heard about the SBI Youth for India Fellowship programme. The urge to do something different had been consuming Mansi for quite some time. She narrates the experience of interacting with her maid, who lives in a small box-like apartment with five family members. The maid owns a large plot of land in her village, but prefers to stay in barely habitable conditions in the city. Initially, Mansi found this very hard to understand. “You can’t tell what the problem is from the outside. You have to be on the inside to understand and be able to do something.”
It was for this reason that Mansi chose to apply for the SBI Youth for India Fellowship programme. She will be spending the next one year in the interiors of Rajasthan working with Seva Mandir, an NGO that works towards the development of rural and tribal population.
Mansi is not too apprehensive about committing herself to rural India for the period of a year. “All experiences are good and help us grow,” she says. “However, my parents are nervous. Being a girl, it is far more challenging to embark on a journey such as this. There are many questions we have to answer, especially from our family members. ”