It’s a beautiful thing – to find your calling and have the courage to follow it through. The glory comes in only later, once you’ve put yourself through the discomfort of fear, the frustration of lack of support and the exhaustion of invention.
We speak to a few women entrepreneurs, who had the courage and held strong their belief, to carve a road for themselves and lead by example, with their offbeat, brave choices.
What’s better than a cow smiling on a pack of cheese block, is a genuinely happy cow. Shasvathi Siva, an ex-advertising professional on learning the cruelty of the dairy industry turned vegan and quit her favorite food – cheese! She realized there’s a huge dearth of vegan cheese in the market and dived right in to experiment with her own version of mozzarella and cheddar sans the cruelty. Thus giving birth to a rather fun brand that rhymes with her own name called Cowvathi. With 3 flavors to choose from, you can order for a block of 100 gms of cheese for just Rs.150. She’s also doing 4 different types of vegan milks, mac and cheese dip and some delicious milkshakes.
A commercial kitchen setup with a mission to revolutionize the market for vegan products. Kinjal Darukhanwala turned vegan a year ago and realized that there is a niche market for vegan food but nothing seems to be available off the shelf. She took some time off her Digital Marketing company that she runs with her husband and decided to give the vegan food business all it takes. She’s off on a great start with funding pouring in from all across the world, and Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi, member of the royal family of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah contributing towards the cause of nurturing an all-women kitchen. The products are in the testing phase right now and will be launched by early October all over Mumbai at Godrej Nature’s Basket and select Apps.
HUNGRY MONSTERS FOOD TRUCK
Bakery on wheels. A home-baker who had this fun idea of setting up a bakery that she could take with her wherever she went. A dessert food truck that sells delicious cakes, muffins, cupcakes, tea cakes, along with some savory snacks and always has a few vegan options. Alisha Sequeira has been braving the municipality and BMC and finds the thrill of having a mobile dessert shop the best part about her job. She operates out of Vashi and Seawoods and can be reached on her website for further queries and collaborations. She’s planning an exclusive vegan dessert class in August, stay tuned for this one!
BREAK OF DAWN
A new breed of milk-men are in town and they’re braving the weather and distance to get you a fresh, home-made bottle of almond milk at the crack of dawn (delivery is between 6-8 am)! Started by Pardita Mascarenhas, a vegan who understood how much the city misses a good, healthy glass of milk first thing for breakfast. She’s happy to cater all over Mumbai and finds most people who have tried her almond milk asking for monthly subscriptions. One bottle of almond milk costs Rs.120 for 300 ml.
As Sheryl Sandberg puts it, “what would you do if you were not afraid?”