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Executive Director

Hey, my name is Nikita Jha, and I am one of the founders of StreetX! I am a senior at Northview High School. As a child, one of the main things I loved about India was the invaluable feeling of being part of a big, welcoming family anytime I would shop in any Indian small business. I will never forget running into the stores with a beaming smile on my face ready to be greeted by some of the most enthusiastic, kind-hearted people I have ever met. The vibrancy of the street markets and the variety of traditional products sold there would always capture my attention, and the quality of these products never ceased to amaze me. After witnessing firsthand how devastating the Covid-19 pandemic has been for small businesses in my community, I can only imagine how terrible it must be for the businesses back in India. With poverty and technological disparities prevalent in almost every part of the country, I knew the small businesses I once loved and cherished may no longer be as well-off as they used to be. Because of these reasons, Aparna, Ria, and I decided to start the nonprofit StreetX. These small businesses and their welcoming communities have brought so much joy to everyone around them; the least we can do is give a little back to them in their time of need.

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