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In honor of International Women’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of two young female entrepreneurs in India. (in this post and the next one)

Janhavi Joshi, with her BandhJa line of textile accessories, is just one example of the many talented young women in India who are making waves in the world of entrepreneurship. By recognizing and uplifting these women, we can help to create a more equitable and inclusive world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and thrive. In my next post, I will focus on her friend, whom I also had the pleasure of meeting, Suhani Dhadphale. We all met up for a bite to eat and to chat in Pune, India and that is when I really learned what excites both of them.

Janhavi is a shining example of this trend, as a brilliant college student who is already making waves with her brand, BandhJa, which is a testament to her creativity and dedication. She uses Indian fabrics and draws inspiration from traditional techniques passed down from her mother to craft stylish and unique items from hats and hair bands to flower hair ties, her designs are not only fashionable but also sustainable, as she focuses on minimizing waste in her production process.

Check her online store that is actively taking orders, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Her commitment to her craft and her customers is evident in the quality of her products, which are not only eye-catching but also affordable and accessible.

As an observer of Janhavi’s journey, it’s clear that she represents the best of India’s next generation, who are using their talents and skills to create positive change in their communities while honoring all that has come before.

I am wearing one of her headbands in the last photo below, which I absolutely love.

Many thanks to Anand Godse of the DeAsra Foundation for introducing us.

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