I believe that small businesses and social enterprise charities can offer communities a lasting solution to problems they have come across such as, lack of education and a lack of employment opportunities.
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!
Tina Pang Mayer: PenPalGirls, Inc.–Educating Kids Through Multi-Cultural Dolls
The concept for PenPalGirls, Inc. came from my experience as a mother of two who realized my daughters were not fully aware of their cultural heritage and could not appreciate their uniqueness.
Zein Shiyyab: eTraining1.com– Celebrate Your Small And Big Successes
Being an entrepreneur means that your life is changing by being more challenging, more stressful and more successful as well if you have the determination to proceed and keep working and never GIVE UP!
Hillary Berman: Popcorn & Ice Cream–Customers Come First
That’s what inspired Popcorn & Ice Cream, a desire to make marketing strategy and program execution available to inspirational small businesses-at a price they can afford.
Rinku Jain: Recroit Consulting Solutions Pvt Ltd- Freelancer to Business Owner
It was the need that had prompted me to start something on my own. My family needed my support financially and I had to take the call.
Shriya Patil-Capturing Timeless Moments
To me, success is when you have the skills/experience to stand on your own (that applies to any field). What you do with those skills and experience is up to you.
Gauri Singh: The Maids’ Company- Helping Women Get to Work
We support women by providing a professional service, which allows them to return to the work force and maintain their financial independence while giving employment and fair wages to the poor women.
Lori Cheek: Revolutionizing the Dating Game with Cheek’d
I’m kind of an accidental entrepreneur, so really didn’t know anything about building a business.
1,000 Stories: Non-profit Gives Working Children a Place to Play
Entrepreneur creates a place where India’s kids could play and escape the harsh realities of daily life.
Laura Zander: Jimmy Beans Wool–Made a Fortune Spinning Yarns
In 2002, after 2 years of marriage and a life-changing move from San Francisco to Truckee, CA, my husband Doug and I emptied our savings account and I opened Jimmy Beans Wool.
Faith Gonsalves: Music Basti – Gives Voice to Children in India
Poverty and its corollary powerlessness are overcome first by listening to the voices of the poor and their perspectives, aspirations and cultural identities.
Katie Rock: Activyst — Helping Girls Play Sports and Live Better
I found out that girls who play sports are statistically less likely to get pregnant or be in an abusive relationship, and are statistically healthier, more confident, and happier.
Saija Mahon: Mahon Digital Marketing – Took the Plunge and Started a Business
I founded Mahon Digital Marketing back in 2010, in order to pursue my life-long dream of being a business owner, and also in order to have the flexibility in my life that it offered.
Julia Pilas: Elephant Nose Pet Center — Shop Owner and ‘Catch-it’ Patent Holder
Success for me is the satisfaction you feel when a customer has nothing but appreciation for the job you’ve done.
Bridget Orsetti: Saratoga Gifts and Videos – Loves Flexibility of Owning a Business
I love the challenge of owning a business, the constant growth, change and decisions that come at me daily. This particular business taps into one of my passions, that being quality products made by people who care.