Anuj is fortunate to have had opportunities to explore his passions and serve his community in several ways since coming to Vanderbilt and throughout high school. During his freshman and sophomore years, he worked with the Nashville Mobile Market, a startup social entrepreneurship aimed at providing a sustainable source of healthy foods in limited access areas, and with Vanderbilt’s Microfinance Club, partnering with area high schools to mentor a class on social entrepreneurship. He also served as his dormitory's service liaison and on the student government community service committee. Throughout high school, Anuj volunteered in and coordinated an effort in which high school students visited a middle school to tutor underprivileged students, with an emphasis on studying the sciences and developing leadership skills.
During the summer between his sophomore and junior years, as part of an Ingram Scholarship Program sponsored project, Anuj worked at a microfinance organization, Milango Financial Services, in Mombasa, Kenya. Milango provides loans for largely under resourced clients by organizing them into groups so that they can act as guarantors for each other. His project involved connecting groups of clients using social networking tools and mobile phones to simplify and increase the efficiency of communication. Through his work and living with a host family, he has gained invaluable experience with Asset Based Community Development and Kenyan culture. Anuj is honored to be a part of the Ingram Scholarship Program, and is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting community at Vanderbilt.