In the face of numerous socio-economic challenges, few women entrepreneurs in India have displayed remarkable resilience and determination, transforming adversity into triumphant success stories. While the percentage of successful women entrepreneurs in India is low, there are some who have broken all the hurdles to write their own destiny. And in the realm of women-led startups, a prevailing and inspiring trend has emerged – the commitment to create profit with a purpose. Women entrepreneurs, driven by a deep sense of compassion and concern for the world around them, are founding enterprises with a resolute focus on solving pressing problems that significantly impact lives and the planet.
These visionary leaders are not merely seeking financial gains; they are driven by a heartfelt desire to enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities alike. They serve as shining examples of how determination, innovation, and unwavering spirit can propel us towards achievements in the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship in India.
Malika Datt Sadani, Founder and CEO of The Moms Co.
Malika founded The Moms Co. in 2016 to bring natural, non-toxic baby products to mothers in India. The startup was founded on her own experience of moving from the UK back to India and not being able to find the cruelty-free, vegan-friendly products she wanted for her children. Thanks to her passion for ethical and non-toxic skincare products, The Moms Co. is the first Indian brand to receive accreditation from Safe Cosmetics Australia. Her products were the answer to the needs of many young socially consious mothers who wanted to use cruelty free and chemical free products for their children!
Ruchika Bhuwalka, Founder and CEO of Millet Amma*
Ruchika founded Millet Amma in 2017 to offer millet based products. The idea came to her when she was researching millets while trying to switch her family’s diet over to healthier alternatives than refined grains. In her endeavor to acclimatize millets into the diet, she started developing recipes to include tasty millet dishes and even satisfy the pickiest of palates. Her drive to offer healthier alternative to wider population was the need of the hour for many families who were exploring healthier food options. Working with farmers to develop her products, she is also an advocate for farmer’s rights, organic farming practices and ethical sourcing of goods.
Upasana Makati - Founder of White Print
Upasana Makati is the founder of White Print, India's first English lifestyle magazine in Braille. Recognizing the lack of accessible reading material for visually impaired individuals, Upasana embarked on a mission to create an inclusive publication that caters to their needs.
Through White Print, Upasana has provided visually impaired readers with access to a wide range of content, including literature, news, and entertainment. Her entrepreneurial journey highlights the power of creating inclusive spaces and empowering individuals who are often marginalized. Upasana's vision and dedication are transforming the landscape of accessible publishing in India.
Aditi Gupta - Co-founder of Menstrupedia
Aditi Gupta co-founded Menstrupedia, a social enterprise aiming to spread awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. Recognizing the societal stigma and lack of knowledge surrounding menstruation, Aditi created a comic book series and an educational website to educate girls and boys about this natural biological process.
Through Menstrupedia, Aditi has revolutionized menstrual education in India, empowering girls with knowledge and breaking taboos associated with menstruation. Her impactful work has reached millions of young individuals, transforming the lives of countless girls and their communities. Aditi's journey is a testament to the transformative power of education and the ability to turn challenges into opportunities for social change.
These incredible women exemplify the unwavering spirit and innovative mindset of women entrepreneurs in India. By identifying challenges as opportunities and leveraging their skills and passion, they have brought about transformative change in their respective fields, empowering individuals and communities along the way.
These women have fearlessly pursued their entrepreneurial dreams and broken barriers. Through their ventures, they illuminate a path that not only generates prosperity but also nurtures empathy, compassion, and positive transformation in the broader tapestry of society. They remind us that within every challenge lies an opportunity for growth, innovation, and triumph.
-By Disha Tripathy, Program Manager, TalentNomics India