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Multitudes of women entrepreneurs in Kerala are forging their own businesses and empires, inspiring others with their grit and determination.
The spirit of entrepreneurship is further being supported by the Kerala State Government, who has launched many training and financing programs for the women entrepreneurs in Kerala.
Here are the success stories of 4 of the most incredible women entrepreneurs from Kerala.
One of the most successful women entrepreneurs in Kerala, Sheela started her company V-star initially as a boutique with only 10 employees. The boutique venture proved unprofitable and had to be closed. However, Sheela, still undeterred started supplying dresses directly to the shopkeepers. After the rigorous effort of 4-6 years, her business grew and she planned to diversify it. Though conservative society looked upon her new venture of lingerie making as a dirty business, she learnt the art of perfect bra making to expand her business.
Now, V-star is one of the leading lingerie brands in Kerala and southern states, with 20% of its market in Middle East Countries. Her company has 180 employees and nearly 2000 people, mostly poor women from remote areas of Kerala, who work indirectly as tailors.
Kochi (Kerala) based Harsha’s futile search for healthy food options in restaurant menus at the time of her pregnancy, gave her the idea for Masala Box. It is now a premium food network in Kerala connecting home chefs to customers. The home chefs are mostly home makers, on boarded after a thorough quality and taste test. Harsha’s Masala Box is a platform for home makers to showcase their culinary skills beyond their families and make it a source of their income.
The home chefs at Masala Box are provided with the packaging material to package the food and their delivery team picks it up to deliver it to the customers. Masala Box has also started in Bangalore and aspires to venture into other cities as well. The entire workforce of home chefs is women and we wish this network of women entrepreneurs keep growing further.
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Stylist and designer, Annah Chakola, blends cultural influences and simple styles to create contemporary jewellery and lifestyle accessories. While studying business and art in United States, she started exploring the world, travelling to places, visiting flea markets and collecting trinkets, beads, fabric materials or anything that inspired her. Later, she started converting her collections into quirky and impactful accessories.
In 2011, Annah registered her company Boho Gipsy in US, planning her return to Kochi and setting up a permanent base in her hometown. Living in Kochi, she is now expanding her brand into apparel and home décor under the brand name Annahmol. She works with various artisans around India and plans to work more in Kerala for the natural materials her homeland offers. Her brand is internationally recognized and retailed across 50 stores in United States.
After working for 5 years in the IT industry, Veena Gil returned to Kerala and founded 3D bricks. Headquartered at Trivandrum, Kerala, it is a design firm that creates 3D Architectural visualization for the architects and global construction firms. Having an expertise in software development helped Veena in successfully establishing a strong design team for her firm. Within a span of 2 years her business flourished and her firm started residential sector planning, elevations, and interior designing. Gradually her work gained recognition and is now featured in popular design magazines like Inside Outside, Smart Home and Designer.
We hope that these women entrepreneurs from Kerala inspire you to pursue your passions and battle all the odds.
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