Bangalore Women Micro Entrepreneurs make a difference
Making stunning, chic and glamorous eco jewellery is the specialty of Kumvana Gomani. And this time Bangalore plays host to her excellent designs which are being showcased at an exhibition which kick started today at the Olive Beach. The collection resembling colorful snowflakes are elegant, quirky, trendy and perfect for any occasion and are made out of plastic recyclables.
Based out of Sweden, Kumvana is currently in Bangalore under her collaboration with Ubuntu at Work, a non-profit global social networking community working towards the upliftment of economically backward women. Kumvana visited the micro women entrepreneurs from Bommanahalli and Anandapuram localities in Bangalore to train them in producing jewellery out of recyclable materials. Currently, sustaining a living via meager means of income such as purchase of vegetables and fruits from wholesale dealers and selling them at retail markets, these women micro entrepreneurs are benefited by their association with global designers such as Kumvana Gomani connected via Ubuntu at Work efforts.
A group of social entrepreneurs, professionals and academics from across continents, Ubuntu at Work assists women micro entrepreneurs escape poverty by developing their business and exploring new business opportunities. At present, Ubuntu at Work is assisting women micro entrepreneurs in Bangalore and Cairo and hopes to expand to other countries in Africa and South East Asia soon. Supported by a team of volunteers at the ground level in Cambridge, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Bangalore and Cairo via their coaching programme, Ubuntu at Work helps women micro entrepreneurs receive supplemental micro finance by raising micro loans from within the community and outside via their partnership and association with other Micro Finance Institutions viz Janalakshmi Social Services in India and The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW) in Egypt. Ubuntu at Work target beneficiaries are from among the most vulnerable demographic segments globally.
“I’m very excited about my collaboration with Ubuntu at Work as it has given me the opportunity to help these women to have a better life. I’ve trained the women to make the jewellery and it’s easy to make seated at their homes as they don’t need expensive supplies. It’s amazing how one can make a difference in the lives of these women,” explains Gomani.
“We are thankful to Kumvana who has been kind enough to help us out. We hope to promote entrepreneurship among these women and help them escape poverty. Our core mission is to become friends of women micro entrepreneurs, to treat them with dignity and respect, to reduce the level of risk they feel is associated with developing their business and exploring new opportunities” said Vibha Pingle, Founder of Ubuntu at Work.
“As a company, Olive has always been one to support initiatives that add value to the city our restaurants are a part of. Ubuntu at Work’s efforts are highly commendable and we are glad to be associated with them and someone as talented and dedicated as Kumvana” said Chef Manu Chandra, Executive Chef, Olive Beach, Bengaluru.
Ubuntu at Work (www.ubuntuatwork.org) is a global social networking community that connects women micro entrepreneurs across the developing world with coaches and collaborators who offer them encouragement and support to develop sound business ideas, funding assistance, and networking resources to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.
Trained in industrial design at Emily Carr institute of art and design in Vancouver Canada, Kumvana is based in Sweden. Kumvana began her company in January 2008 under the name Kumvana Gomani. Her core philosophy is to develop sustainable products which involve recycling, reclaiming, remaking and reusing other products.
The exhibition is open to the public from 12 noon to 11.30 pm and will conclude on till July 29, 2009.