We women can achieve anything we set our minds to. Whether it’s being a good housewife, a nice mother or a successful businesswoman, we know how to do it just the right way. Just like this these women entrepreneurs have shown the world that whatever it is that we, women, set our sights to can achieve that with dedication, skills, and caliber. Even after being rejected, demeaned and held down by male counterparts and the society they did not give up on their dreams and gave their hundred percent in completing their goals.
There is so much that we all can learn from these talented women, the inspiration being one of the traits.
With their skills ranging from design to baked goods, from vermicompost to educating young girls about menstruation they had the idea behind their goals very clear. Let’s have a look at their amazing works:-
Founder of India’s largest readymade ethnic wear brand Biba, grew up in Delhi but lost her father at a young age. She married a naval officer as a result of which she moved around across India, and got into the garments business only after her children grew up. She started off with a local block printer, initial sales to Mumbai stores, and then her own company-owned outlets. Her sons joined the company for a while as trusted managers, then struck out on their own.
Founder of bag retail brand Baggit, launched her venture when she was a student at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Though she goofed off in her first year, she took design seriously in her second year, and also took up a part-time job in a rug store at the age of 18. ‘Baggit’ was meant to be ‘bags with attitude,’ also inspired by Michael Jackson’s Beat It! She started off with canvas and then synthetic leather; with one shop at Kemp’s Corner and then a nationwide chain featuring innovatively designed bags and accessories.
Founder of vermi-composting tool provider Vivam AgroTech, grew up in small-town Maharashtra and decided to launch a rural venture after her children reached school age. She applied her science degree to develop controlled-environment products for soil engineering using earthworms. She had to travel extensively for promotion and training activities, and eventually got government support after a Pragati Maidan exhibition as well as a TiE award. The company now works with large corporate and self-help groups for bio-gas projects.
She is the founder and CEO of Samasource, a company which makes use of a very unique microwork model to bring dignified employment to the world’s poor in the digital economy by breaking down small computer based tasks from larger projects. Samasource provides free, specialized technology training via 16 centers in nine countries, including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Haiti and Uganda.
SHEETAL MEHTA WALSH
She is the founder of Shanti Life, which is a very unique microfinance platform aiming at serving the poor in Gujarat slums and villages so that they can create sustainable businesses. Along with her husband Paul Walsh, Sheetal is also co-founder of MetaCert -a for-profit company that provides products and services for family safety online. Sheetal is currently focused on developing MetaCert on a global level and ensuring it is available across all devices in all schools.
She is the co-founder of Make A Difference, which is considered one of India’s largest volunteer networks. India is a country with most difficult and complex socioeconomic inequalities in the whole world. Gloria is determined to take this problem head on. She has an aim of inspiring about 360 million people in giving at least 1 hour per week in helping underprivileged children across India. In 2013, the organization had around 1,300 volunteers teaching and mentoring about 5,400 orphaned and underprivileged kids in across 20 cities of India.
Founder of food empire Cremica, was born in Karachi and then moved to Delhi with her family. After her children went to boarding school, she noticed that there was huge demand for her desserts, which led her to launch food company Cremica in Ludhiana. Despite setbacks such as the violence in Punjab in the 1980s, she persevered and eventually got contracts from the likes of MacDonald’s for bread and ‘vegetarian’ mayonnaise.
She is the founder of menstrupedia.com. She co-founded the site with Tuhin Paul, who is also her husband, in November 2012. Menstrupedia is a friendly guide to healthy periods. It aims at educating girls and women about periods and breaking the various myths attached to this taboo subject. It is unique as it is India’s first such site which talks so openly about women’s monthly cycles.
Just like them, we all have that potential in us to dream about having a certain kind of life for us. The thing that we need to learn here is the courage these women have exhibited to complete those dreams. Take enough inspiration from their stories and go for it! 🙂