In the community, Srishti has a particular interest in schemes that give opportunities for disadvantaged young women to be sponsored through education. As a Barclays Community Ambassador, she has worked with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation to develop computer literacy skills in young women from underprivileged backgrounds. In 2017, Srishti also organised a fundraising trek through the Himalayas, to the glacier source of the River Ganges, in support of another programme that “educates the women of Pune and thereby makes them self-reliant”. A team of 50 people from India and the UK participated in the trek, which in Srishti’s words “took a lot of organising – but the cause was very powerful. We raised the equivalent of over £20,000, and we’re getting requests to do something on an even grander scale this year.”
Srishti joined Barclays as a graduate in the Future Leaders Development Programme. She says she “started her citizenship journey with Barclays with simple fundraising – either through contributing or participating in events such as sponsored runs. I moved to organising events, and the first event I organised was for destitute children – supporting low-cost fostering and education for abandoned kids under six.