Addressing Long-term Environmental Problems through ‘Reap Benefit’: The Success Story of Kuldeep Dantewadia
Reap Benefit grew from a small pilot that Kuldeep and some friends undertook after being witness to the incredibly inefficient system of solid waste management at college.
At the age of 21, Kuldeep took a calculated risk to forgo a traditional career path and try his hand at social entrepreneurship. Kuldeep describes this decision: ‘I was 21; I had nothing to lose and lots to gain. If I could ever take a risk in my life it can be now. This logic might be slightly flawed but was good enough to convince me.’ While other 21 year-olds were looking for internships and trying to get a foot in the door for a job, Kuldeep and his friends were managing the waste from 100-150 households. And so it began, based on a self-described flawed logic, the future founders of Reap Benefit had decided to root their careers knee-deep in household garbage. This out-of-the-box (or out of the waste bin rather) style of thinking shows that Kuldeep has the fabric of a social entrepreneur.
By Elijah Monroe