Priya Haji was a rare kind of social entrepreneur – yes, she was a big dreamer of dreams about changing people’s lives but she was also a firm believer in pragmatism. She pursued social entrepreneur ideas that can change people’s lives for the better while also providing objective measurements (i.e., numbers). Indeed, Haji was a big fan of numbers.
This was one of the reasons why her rewards-based financial application, SaveUp, was successful. As its chief executive officer before her untimely death, she effectively and efficiently managed the company while also helping Americans pay $856 million in debt and increase their savings by $1.2 billion.
Not a few of her friends and colleagues call her the generation’s best social entrepreneur. Haji started five successful companies, created both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and tackled a wide range of issues including Third World poverty, health care accessibility, crippling debt, and addiction to alcohol and drugs. She has, indeed, influenced the lives of at least 500,000 people in 70 countries, thanks to her social entrepreneurship.