Anshu Gupta

Anshu Gupta

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  • Anshu Gupta
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  • Meenakshi Gupta

Anshu Gupta Biography

Anshu Gupta is a social entrepreneur who founded Goonj, an NGO headquartered in Delhi. He won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015. He is also a recipient of many other honours including "Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award" by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012. He is a recipient of Ashoka fellowship in the year 2004. His NGO aims at helping poor communities by recycling cloth and other waste material. Goonj sources its material at collection camps in urban neighbourhoods and corporate offices, and delivers 1,000 tonnes of material every year through an extensive network of 500 volunteers, 200 schools, 200 corporate houses and 250 NGO partners across 21 States.


Gupta hails from Meerat, Uttar Pradesh. He spent his younger days in some smaller towns of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, because his father worked in Indian army and got posted in different parts of undivided UP then. He had three younger siblings. While studying in class 12, an accident made him bedridden, which left him with a lifelong pain when he stands for too long. It was because his father refused to pay bribe. He wrote articles in Hindi newspapers, and financially contributed to his family a little bit. He completed Master’s in economics.


While doing his graduation, he moved to Uttarkashi in 1991 to help with relief efforts after a devastating earthquake in the region. He was deeply moved with this experience and while working in the corporate sector, he started the NGO, Goonj. His effort was supported by his wife Meenakshi Gupta and a few friends. The group mainly worked towards the basic need of clothing, after collecting materials through different sources. They initiated ‘Not Just a Piece of Cloth‘ (NJPC) campaign after the 2004 tsunami, and has stood for many similar causes.


Published: October 16, 2018

Updated: October 16, 2018


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