Shweta Chari, an Electronics Engineer and the founder /CEO of Toybank had a vision of reaching out to children through fun and play using toys. The journey began on August 15th, 2004. A small idea that started in a small restaurant in Bombay has over the years gathered momentum with the help and support of friends and volunteers from all corners of Bombay. Within a shortest span of time and very minimal resources, Toybank is bringing smiles on thousands of deprived faces. Toybank acts as a leveler of the society by taking toys from those that can give and distributing them to the ones in need. Shweta is a go-getter. She is a self-driven individual and is passionate about everything she does in her life. She handles Toybank’s core strategies, ideates on new concepts to expand Toybank. She also goes full throttle into raising toys and funds for Toybank. She has been featured on the cover page of India Today magazine as one of the bright Social Entrepreneurs in India and also Toybank’s work was documented by UK’s National Television Channel 4 on a special series called the ‘Slumdog Secret Millionaire’ program in January 2010. Shweta has also been invited as a speaker at the prestigious TEDx Gateway held in Bombay in October 2010. In January of 2011, she was conferred the ‘Star Social Entrepreneur’ award at the Indira International Innovation Summit in Pune.
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