1,000 Stories

More than 1,000 women entrepreneurs from around the world have told us about their personal business journeys. Here are their stories, in their own words. Tell us yours!

Payal Gandhi Hoon: Tamarainlp

I wanted to do something that would add value not just to my life, but to many others; to make a difference at a deeper level and bring a smile to many, by helping them realise their true potential.

Maja Svensson: ELSA AND ME

I’ve always wanted to run my own business… After I finished college in Sweden (where I’m from) with a major in Economics, I went to New York for an internship at the Consulate General of Sweden.

Ali LaRaia: Marianberry Cookies

Landing another woman entrepreneur with a Wall Street background was the final piece of the puzzle. We developed a strong business model, established a brand identity, marketing strategy and launched our online store.

Claire Charamnac: Women LEAD

We started Women LEAD because we both strongly believe that the lack of female leaders around the world is one of the biggest inequalities of the 21st century.

Gabriela Flores: Kirah Design

When I decided to become a social entrepreneur, I had 2 things in mind: how to give real job opportunities to talented artisans in Bolivia and how to create beautiful home accessories using only recycled or discarded materials and combining it with the amazing talent of Bolivian artisans.

Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger: Green Heron Tools LLC

Through our work as market growers, we recognized that there was a lack of tools that worked well for women. As public health professionals, we also recognized that this could impact the health and safety of women…

Ruth Degolia: Mercado Global

I believe that denying a woman the right to attend school anywhere in the world affects us all. Telling a young girl that she isn’t worth educating is an injustice against all women.

Claire Bennett: Music Bugs

Success can be measured in many different ways but for me the personal fulfillment of creating something that has had a positive effect on other peoples lives is something that I am proud of.

Mary Mitchell: Made & Told

We sell handcrafted homeware made by artisans and craft cooperatives in Central Asia, alongside stories from the cultures and contexts in which they were made. We sell handcrafted homeware with a story.

Rashmi Gowda: Csquare Learnings Pvt Ltd

I was ridiculed by many around me when I have decided to venture into the infrastructure sector with no previous experience. Apparently, the infrastructure business is male dominated field and a woman has no place in it.

Rekha Gopal: Padmajyothi Industries

After serving many years in one of the public sector industries in India, I realized that there was a potential in me, like many other women, to make a mark.