This week, Rupa Ganguli of Spinna came to talk to us about her work connecting and empowering women textile workers around the world through mentoring circles and entrepreneurial development.
Rupa’s interest in textiles came to her as an economist living in India. Her walk to work each morning took her through the vibrant textiles market where she bought beautiful fabrics for her clothes and got to know the traders.
Later working for the UN, Rupa got to see the gender inequality in the industry, which has a very high proportion of women but with many working on very low wages.
Spinna was born out of a project in Peru that aimed to reduce poverty by helping women running Alpaca wool production businesses to gain entry to the luxury fashion market, expanding their businesses and providing more and better paid jobs.
The project has gained momentum and they are now working on a global networking online platform and mentoring circle events (with the first London one taking place at HUB Kings Cross on 30th November!)
We had a fascinating conversation with Rupa at Pitch and Pizza, and our members shared some great ideas for how she could expand the concept including partnering with existing women business and social entrepreneur networks.
Check out this video to find out more:
Pitch and Pizza is our weekly session that gives HUB members a chance to host an informal conversation over lunch, and talk about their project, get feedback and brainstorm ideas with their fellow Hubbers. If anyone is interested in a future Pitch and Pizza slot, get in touch with: [email protected]