With around 30 years of experience in human-trafficking intervention, Hasina Kharbhih’s unflinching efforts have brought a magnanimous change in the lives of thousands of people across the Northeast region of India. She founded Impulse NGO Network at the young age of 17 with an aim to rescue children and women from trafficking.
Her well-round idea of change not only involves rescuing people out of the lives of slavery and trafficking but also empowering them with economic opportunities to sustain their lives.
Kharbhih was introduced to the social evil of human-trafficking, shelter homes, old age homes, etc. when she was in school through a leadership program.
However, unlike most children who move on from such programs after they pass out of school, the idea of human rights violation was deeply etched in Hasina’s mind and right after school, she decided to start Impulse NGO Network, she told MAKERS India in this interview.
The Impulse NGO Network works in a hybrid-model and one of its main components is the Impulse Social Enterprises which allows indigenous people to work from their own environment as entrepreneurs and take their art, culture, heritage, textile, etc. forward.
Kharbhih strongly believes that if we are able to strengthen the rural economy, unsafe migration and human-trafficking will reduce by a larger margin as then people will not be tempted to move out of their communities to earn a living.
(Interviewed and produced by Poorvi Gupta, video edited by Anjali)