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.
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!