Vote for Impact

Dear Be! Fund Friends, Family & Supporters,

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We’re excited to share with you that Be! Fund has been selected as one of three finalists in the Incubator Category of the Villgro Awards 2013 for the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem!

In order to win this award, we need your vote between March 19  April 14. To vote, click here. To vote you will need to quickly create a profile using just your name and email address. After you receive your confirmation email, click the link and you will be able to vote for as many of the Villgro Award candidates as you want (unfortunately you can only vote for Be! once!).

The public voting will play a major role in deciding the winner of the Villgro Awards announced at the Sankalp Unconvention on April 17th in Mumbai. The winner of the Incubator category will receive a Rs. 50,000 prize—enough to purchase a big machine for a new Be! entrepreneur or potentially finance their entire investment! But apart from the money, what really matters is that this award will help us tell the story of our growing number of hero entrepreneurs. From farmer transportation, to urban biogas to rural medical services, our hero entrepreneurs are solving all kinds of problems for low-income communities. These are the stories we want to tell—of young people, successful entrepreneurs, inspiring role models.

So go ahead, vote now & share the link with all your friends too!

Thanks a lot!

 

Celebrating Women’s Day at Deutsche Bank

Candles from recycled church wax, bitter gourd pickles, ginger chutney, Areca nut plates, jowar roti, peanut chutney powder, solar lamps, and a variety of Karnataka’s favorite salty snacks are all products made by Be! Women Entrepreneurs.

This past Thursday and Friday Be! Team members staffed rows of tables in two cafeterias at Deutsche Bank in Electronics City in Bengaluru to showcase and sell products of Be! Women Entrepreneurs. 20-year-old Yellawa even journeyed 500 kilometers alone from her village in Badami to come and tell people about her popular bitter gourd pickles and ginger chutney. One loyal customer from last year’s exhibition came by to tell Yellawa himself just how tasty her pickles really are. He purchased a few more bottles and also recommended them to others checking out her poster and brightly colored packaging, praising her pickles for their unique flavor and downright deliciousness.

Yellawa’s famous Ginger Chutney, Sweet Lime Pickle, & Bitter Gourd Pickle

Sales were very good for Be! women with many Deutsche Bank employees purchasing gifts for their mothers, sisters, and other special women in their life. We were especially happy though to reconnect with our great Deutsche Bank volunteers and friends. Through our partnership with the Deutsche Bank Corporate Social Responsibility Department we have been able to invest in eight women in Karnataka and had over 25 volunteers help us review business plans and conduct interviews for our candidates. (We even had one of our volunteers come by and purchase some products from one of the women she interviewed a year ago!)

So thanks Deutsche Bank & keep it up women entrepreneurs!