Malini Saba, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, started Stree: Global Investments in Women, in 2001. Stree is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women living in low income situations and women and children considered at-risk. This New York business empowers women and their children with the ability to access necessities to live a higher quality level of life than they would otherwise. Necessities like healthcare and legal empowerment are now available, accessible, and no longer far-fetched. Saba’s efforts extend beyond her home country as she puts efforts to place policies in Africa, Central America, India, and Eastern Europe and the list goes on.
Malini Saba‘s inspiration is said to come from Mother Theresa, who she believes helped countless people with a passion and love that did not hesitate or falter. Helping others and true success, in Saba’s opinion, comes from doing what you love and enjoying what you do. Saba’s goal is to help women and children all over the world gain access to what most consider basic. Basic needs like healthcare to maintain health and wellness, educational opportunities to gain skills and independence, and a safe dwelling to ensure quality of life and well being are all areas that Stree assist women and children in accessing.
Saba puts her money where her mouth is and donates her own money to fund her vision. She donated 1 million dollars in 2005 to fund the start of Heart Research Center for South Asians at El Camino Hospital in California. It’s not only about investing and donating funds, although Saba has a history of donating to areas of concern and need. Saba also travels the world and visits areas like India and Sri Lanka in 2004, after the Tsunami ripped through the land and left destruction in its path.
Saba is driven and focused on addressing positive change. No is not an option. She is determined to help as many women and children with a change of policy and funds to kick start that change. She is also a loving mother who values family. The healthy balance between her work and her family maintains allow her to stay level-headed and continue to work towards positive change.