The new wave of ‘vocal for local’ proved to be a boost for Indian entrepreneurs. It has promoted local businesses during COVID-19 and given customers the ability and motivation to shop locally with ease. This rebranded version of ‘Made In India’ has our support, and every month, TC46 will spotlight small businesses and ventures you can champion and back easily through online and offline purchases.
Artists, entrepreneurs, visionaries and experts, Indian women are shattering glass ceilings and breaking out of boxes. Success, tied with skills and hard work, is what makes those featured in our list today an inspiration for many. And the journey, for these women of incredible talent, are stories that must be told.
This week, here are some brands we’re cheering on; check them out!
Holistic Education by Buzzing Bees
Gayathri Vamsi, founder and CEO of BuzzingBees, has carved a niche in this venture by bringing together her passion for teaching, working with children, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Keen to see more and more kids benefit from her teaching methodology, Gayathri founded BuzzingBees in the year 2018 with a vision of providing holistic education to kids in a creative and fun environment.
An MBA graduate, Gayathri first discovered her love and flair for teaching as she homeschooled her sons, now well-adjusted and caring teenagers, while living in the United States. She developed effective methods of teaching and designing a curriculum that uses creative worksheets and fun activities. She is the recipient of the US Presidential award, recognising her exemplary contribution in the field of education as a volunteer.
Upon her return to India, she co-founded ‘Acharyas for better community’ and ‘Minipreneurs’. The former is an NGO that works towards improving the quality of education in government schools in Karnataka and the latter, an educational venture to motivate young minds to become innovators and entrepreneurs using design thinking. Gayathri is also a Teacher Trainer, Parent Coach, Memory Trainer, and a fitness enthusiast.
During the pandemic, her registrations went up and reached 350 plus, which is very encouraging and promising and gives her the assurance that passion never lets you down.
Inculcating healthy food habits at an early age is a significant component of parenting and Gayathri weaves in her culinary skills as a tool to inspire and educate young kids. She has many exciting plans in store to make learning fun and relevant for kids. Her workshop, Kiddies Kitchen, was much loved and appreciated by all 100 plus families who experienced it online.
You can sneak a peek at BuzzingBees on Facebook and Instagram.
A Healthy Dose Of Decadence by Lavender & Cacao
Lavender & Cacao, founded by Rameet Gidwani in April 2020, is about decadence that is clean. The brand’s delicious clean confections are gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined flour, oil and sugar—leaving you worry-free! These healthily crafted decadent treats allow you to indulge your cravings in a mindful manner. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean giving up your sweet tooth. Lavender & Cacao is proof of just that. At L&C, it’s all about having your cake and eating it too.
In fact, health issues encouraged entrepreneur Rameet to embrace a lifestyle of clean eating around four years ago. Eventually, Rameet married two of her loves, baking and clean eating, to give birth to L&C. Rameet who is a Le Cordon Bleu and IHM, Mumbai alumni creates a delectable mix of cakes, loaves, tarts, cheesecakes and much more, as part of Lavender & Cacao’s clean menu, all of which are reasonably priced and look absolutely exquisite!
On average, a 500 gm L&C cake will set you back by just Rs 1,300, which is significantly lower than market rates of cakes baked on a similar concept. This was Rameet’s other key concern—to price the confections so that they are accessible for as many as possible. It proves to be a task given the premium quality of ingredients used by L&C to ensure you get a dose of health with your decadent indulgence. Right from almond flour, good fat nut butters, and Belgian chocolate to fresh fruits and superfood nuts and seeds, the selection of ingredients delivers on its promise of quality and health. But for Rameet, it’s all worth it, especially when her confections are often the only answer for many of her clients who have to follow dietary restrictions owing to health concerns.
You can DM the brand to place your orders on the Lavender & Cacao social media page.
Minimalist Decluttering by Organise With Ease
Founder Rohini Rajagopalan pioneered space management and minimalistic decluttering with her brand, Organise With Ease. She always wondered what her true calling was. To do work that was fun for her and also created value in other peoples’ life seemed like an impossible dream. Stumbling upon Marie Kondo’s book and life made her realise professional organising was just what she was looking for. It was a great way to channelise the inner Monica in her.
Today, in a short span of time, Rohini and the team have worked on over 100+ spaces and helped transform them. By creating an organised space, they have given homeowners the luxury of an open and clutter-free environment. With offices, by introducing systems, the team has been able to instil discipline and order in the work environment. Most importantly, the high point has been creating spaces that are easy to maintain and systems that work well even in the long run.
The brand helps organise every space in a home, from bedrooms and kitchens to closets and pantries. With Offices, they help tackle paper trails and physical clutter. To avail, the services of this unique venture, connect via call and engage in a personal consultation. You can reach them via their website or social media.
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