I started this business to help women facing hardship in India through selling their jewelry. I taught jewelry making to women who are working in brothels, HIV positive, widows, and/or facing extreme poverty.
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The disappointment of working long hours for someone and not being appreciated forced me to look beyond my situation. I was constantly drained and depressed.
A stay-at-home-mom of four, feeding them well is a full-time job. Planning meals and cooking from scratch on a budget are reflective of my time in the food industry.
I started my business out of the need to create a balance as a working woman, wife and mommy.
My goal is to give teachers, homeschool parents and afterschool programs a platform to teach drawing to children.
Handana does more than protect my eyes: It has become a powerful reminder to cross my finish lines, to persevere.
I come from a bread baking family and I began the business when my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
After overcoming emotional eating and food addiction, I started a health coaching practice 5 years ago, helping women find freedom from emotional eating.
We started raising fish and accidentally found this product from Japan that purifies water using beneficial bacteria. We tried it, it was fantastic and switched to importing.
Over the years I have not been able to find any natural products that worked well for my skin. Realizing that others were experiencing the same problem, I decided to become an esthetician and natural skin care product developer.
I’m a new mom, so I’m watching [Marissa Mayer] to see how she deals with the commentary on her dual role and how she manages the expectations and actual work load with the needs of her family.
I struggled with my weight for over 10 years. When I discovered how weight loss can be simple and fun I knew more women needed to learn how.
I was exhausted and tired of working in the legal field so wanted something more flexible. I sat down and made a list of the 5 most important things I wanted in life.
I originally started my business because I wanted to help busy professionals learn how to eat healthier & lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.
I got through [3rd stage ovarian cancer] then adopted a baby… I had lost so much time to doing stand-up (comedy), that I decided to form my own group and include other moms who put stand-up on the back burner to raise kids.