A crisis among co-founders | Garima Sahai

9m · November 26, 2021

A crisis among co-founders | Garima Sahai

What happens when co-founders can’t agree on organisational priorities? On today’s episode of Failure Files, Garima Sahai shares her experience of co-founding Svadha, a social enterprise providing high-quality sanitation solutions for rural India. She talks about how the absence of a detailed road map for the growth of Svadha led to differences between her and her co-founder, resulting in Garima stepping away from the organisation. is a United Nations and Forbes recognised social entrepreneur in public health. She is the regional head (Asia) of strategic partnerships at Medtronic LABS, where she oversees the expansion of all their social businesses through government and large-scale institutional partnerships. She previously co-founded Svadha, a social enterprise driving an ‘unorganised’ rural WASH market to a ‘solution-driven’ organised sector. Garima is an economist by training and has more than 13 years of global multisectoral experience in impact measurement, strategy, and business development. Read more: Read Garima’s Read more failure stories on . Check out from Fail Forward to help your organisation take risks, learn, adapt, and fail intelligently. Understand why the social sector . Learn is crucial for growth. Want to share your failure story? Learn more about what we’re looking for The Failure Files podcast is produced by India Development Review (IDR), an online journal focused on the development sector. IDR publishes cutting-edge ideas, lessons, and insights, written by and for the people working on some of India’s toughest problems. To learn more, visit


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