Good Businesses 2013

Paying it forward

Milaap is using the net to bring together small borrowers and lenders from across the globe

Photographs by Deepak G Pawar

Would you change a life every day if you could? The thought of doing something for the greater good often crosses our minds. For many of us, the good intention remains an item on our to-do checklist. But changing lives is literally just a click away. Milaap is the brainchild of three young men who got together in June 2010 to create an online crowdsourcing platform that helps people across the world to lend to the working poor in India. Anoj Vishwanathan, 25, met Sourabh Sharma, 31, both graduates from the National University of Singapore, when he interned at Sharma’s startup Microappli in 2006.