For centuries, women have been carving out spaces for themselves to find a voice, and representation— be it as small business owners, as entrepreneurs, or simply as women.
WhatsApp is celebrating the spirit of these path breaking women, and their drive to be seen, to be heard, and to be connected with each other with a series of inspiring stories, chronicling their trailblazing journeys.
Bengaluru-based Aksobha, that offers wellness solutions through eco-friendly products and services like yoga and Tai Chi, has been leveraging WhatsApp Business to cater to a wide range of audiences.
Baggit co-founder Nina Lekhi has created a legacy that spans over 30 years. Starting the business with just Rs 7,000, her journey is nothing short of incredible.
A full-time executive and mom, managing finances was a challenge for Asma. With WhatsApp's payment feature, she has discovered a new sense of financial independence and power
Bengaluru-based Sital began her vegetarian homestyle food business four years ago. Today she manages over 60 consistent orders every day, over two WhatsApp groups
One of Karnataka’s first women engineers, Rama NS dons multiple hats – that of a mentor, women’s rights supporter, and teacher. Know how she is leveraging WhatsApp to continue shaping young minds
Chetna Gala Sinha’s Mann DeshiMahilaSahakari Bank in Mhaswad village in Maharashtra’s Satara district has been empowering women since 1997. Here's how the women have leveraged banking facilities to continue to create an impact even in the pandemic
Saloni started HustleAcademy during the COVID-19 lockdown to help people explore new ideas in setting up online businesses. By leveraging WhatsApp, Saloni is able to reach out to over 500 people daily, and inspire many more to find their passion
The duo started Kala Saga, a platform to sell and promote traditional handcrafted products in 2018, all sourced directly from artisans. They are leveraging WhatsApp to scale their venture and ensure that artisans get the right value for their work.
Ruchira runs 1MillionMeals, the world’s largest food drive for sex trafficked victims using WhatsApp.
Prianka runs Chitran, a home-based venture that curates sarees from weavers across India. She has been using WhatsApp to communicate with weavers across states and source her eclectic catalogue of sarees to grow her business.
Shreyasi Singh, the co-founder of Harappa Education, an online learning institute. She uses WhatsApp groups to collaborate and for knowledge sharing.
Through their venture, Namza Couture, entrepreneurs Padma Yangchen and Jigmet Diskit are reviving Ladakhi identity through traditional costumes and cuisines. They use WhatsApp to sell and share recipes across the world.
Nandita's dairy farm Milk & Meadows supplies affordable fresh milk in Jaipur. Using WhatsApp, she seamlessly communicates with customers and vendors to facilitate delivery.
At 24, Deepa Aathreya was bankrupt, but fighting against all odds, founded the ‘School of Success’ for the all-round development of parents, students and teachers. She uses WhatsApp to showcase her business and connect with all stakeholders.
Abhilasha’s home-based venture Marwadi Khana prepares traditional Rajasthani cuisines. She uses WhatsApp to share recipes and conduct live cooking sessions.
ShareALittle is an easy-to-use crowdfunding platform founded by Trishla and Divya helps NGOs start fundraisers. Using WhatsApp, they communicate with their community about fundraisers and beneficiary updates.
Seven surgeries and a bone disease diagnosis later, Radhika AJ discovered her passion for making African paper dolls and turning it into a business. She uses WhatsApp to showcase her catalogue of 300 dolls and take orders from customers.
Gunjan designs multi-purpose home decor and sells them through her venture Shabari. WhatsApp has been the lifeline of her business, from customer communication to marketing to selling.
Keep Good Shape (KGS) is staying true to its name by delivering scrumptious healthy salads in Pune. Founder Megha Bafna leverages WhatsApp business to interact with customers and source orders.
Memories by Barkha, founded by Barkha Agarwal, offers intimate photography services to families of newborns. An award-winning photographer, she uses WhatsApp to communicate with clients to capture the right emotions.
In an insightful panel discussion with YourStory, Neha Bagaria, founder and CEO, JobsForHer; Shweta Rajpal Kohli of Sequoia Capital, and Deepthi Ravula, CEO of We Hub discuss the need for women to champion each other, the shifting paradigm of workplaces, and the role of tech in enabling women entrepreneurs.
Can technology help bridge the gender gap? Catch Chetna Gala Sinha from Mann Deshi Foundation; Anuranjita Kumar from WiT and Dr Rashmi Singh from Government of Delhi talk about the ways in which technology and platforms such as WhatsApp are enabling women to gain financial independence, and a chance to explore new opportunities of growth through wider market access.
Catch three women leaders — ThoughtWorks' Tina Vinod, PayPal India's Jayanthi Vaidyanathan, and NetApp Excellerator's Madhurima Agarwal — talk about how unconscious biases can make workspaces unconducive for the professional development of women in an insightful roundtable discussion powered by YourStory and WhatsApp.
In this interesting roundtable powered by WhatsApp, three women leaders from the Indian startup ecosystem — Blume Ventures’ Radhika Agarwal, Stellaris Venture Partners’ Aditi Gupta & She Capital’s Anisha Singh — share their insights about why the funding scenario is skewed against women entrepreneurs and what could be done to bridge this gap