Rezbin Abba from Kerala is an 18-year-old girl with pen pals from 43 countries. She started finding solace in strangers after her parents divorced and the villagers were mocking the family. Learning about different cultures has made Rezbin realise that single parenting is normal. She says topics in her letters include crafts, culture, climate, and food.
Social enterpriser Tanushree Jain founded Nushaura in 2018 with the goal of helping women from tribal communities and rural areas of Rajasthan. She has made 250+ artisans shareholders in the organisation to bring better accountability and productivity. The team makes sustainable crafts like air-cleansing candles, bamboo products, and washable masks.
Ujjain-based entrepreneur Jamana Mahajan is setting an example by marketing her business on LinkedIn. Satvic Foods offers 12 products catering to tastemakers, immunity, and protein requirement. She received close to 200 orders in the first month. The 57-year-old says LinkedIn is an easy platform because there are several similar products on Instagram.
Sisters Grishma and Mauli Teli quit their jobs in the US to try their hand at entrepreneurship in India. They realised that the Halal cosmetics space is a large niche in the beauty sector. After two years of research, their brand IBA Cosmetics has 60+ products that are free of alcohol, pig fat, other animal-derived ingredients, and harmful chemicals.
Padmini Govind left her US job to take up her mother’s 45-year-old business in Bengaluru. Established in 1977 by Lakshmi Srivathsa, Bengaluru's oldest and last surviving hand block print studio, Tharangini Studios, is being taken to new heights by daughter Padmini. They have silk saris from the 1980s and fabrics for home furnishing.
Yangzas had been a farmer her whole life in Phyang village in Leh. But the income is not enough to sustain her family. At 48, she went on to reinvent her life as an Airbnb host and became part of a group called Looms of Ladakh. She also underwent training for garment making and food processing. Yangzas is determined to make her guests feel at home.