Bandhu

Bandhu

providing a platform of opportunities to workers, employers, landlords and middlemen through a digital marketplace.

About

Bandhu is a social enterprise that aims to make the process of urbanisation more equitable and sustainable. It does so by maximizing transparency in the rural-to-urban migration decisions and thus empowering the otherwise vulnerable migrant workers. Its digital platforms--the Bandhu mobile app and IVR--connect workers with jobs and housing simultaneously. Low-income employers/MSMEs also benefit by getting access to skilled workers on time, and housing providers get access to a stream of reliable tenants. Most importantly, Bandhu empowers migrant workers to decide whether it is even worthwhile to leave their native villages.

People

Rushil Palavajjhala

Rushil is the Co-founder and CEO of Bandhu. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban/City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wherein he focused on Finance and Tech for Urban Development in the Global South. He received a Fulbright Scholarship for the same. Rushil also holds a Bachelors in Architecture and has worked extensively on affordable housing and large urban projects in India and abroad.

Jacob Kohn

Jacob is the Co-founder and COO of Bandhu. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban/City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused on data science, GIS, and data visualization of urban ecosystems. He has worked on various projects related to infrastructure, housing, and informal economies in India and Latin America. A former management consultant, he holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science.

Details

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Pan India
Equal Cities Challenge
2020
https://www.bandhu.work/

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