Herald: Ivanka’s message boosts Goa’s women entrepreneurs
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Ivanka’s message boosts Goa’s women entrepreneurs

02 Dec 2017 05:50am IST

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02 Dec 2017 05:50am IST

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Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US President, Donald Trump addressed the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, recently. In her maiden speech in India, she highlighted the importance of women entrepreneurs among other issues. VIKANT SAHAY talked to some leading women entrepreneurs from Goa, mostly start-ups, for their reaction on Ivanka Trump’s speech

Goa has recently seen a spurt in the start up sector, particularly among the ladies who are leading their business and ensuring that the impact to the society is felt by their presence. 

Nativefolks offers ‘rural experiences for urban hearts’. It is dedicated to connecting culturally sensitive travellers to culturally rich rural communities. This initiative looks forward to tread the path of a cultural entrepreneurship, unique to each community. Its ultimate aim is to open up alternate livelihood opportunities for locals, create more exposure to local arts, heritage and culture and in turn rejuvenate the local economy. So far Nativefolks has operations in Goa, Orissa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and its services range from homestays, customised experiences to travel packages in countryside locations. 

Founder of Nativefolks, Ashwini Krishna after listening to Ivanka Trump speech felt that, “The speech Ivanka Trump delivered was motivating for women entrepreneurs in many ways. Right from importance of fuelling women led business, stating stats and figures showing financial support which is denied to women, she repeatedly stressed upon closing the gender gap. However, there was less clarity on any technological, financial or mentorship cooperation that Indian entrepreneurs would receive from the United States. Yet hoping that her visit will bring focus to the whole situation and with our leaders taking a note, we look forward to create and be a part of an ecosystem promising sustainable growth of women led businesses.”

Nativefolks has also recently launched their new initiative, ‘Solkadi’, which is a humble endeavour to preserve the local culture and its authentic recipes. While setting-up home-stays and rural experiences with various local communities, they discovered many traditional, healthy and mouth-watering Goan dishes. Travellers in Goa are increasingly looking for 2-3 hour experiences that allow them to know the other side of Goa. This offering is also meaningful for those who have recently moved to Goa. Proud hosts get to showcase their legacy and it also provides them with an alternate source of income, which in turn boosts the local economy. For a traveller visiting someone’s home, bonding over food and stories creates powerful travel memories to take back home.

According to Dr Jennifer Lewis e Kamat, chairperson of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Womens’ Wing and also Director of Kamat Infratech Pvt Ltd, “Ivanka Trump spoke of exactly the issues women are facing in India and Goa. We at the Women’s Wing of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry are poised to work on programs that would skill the local force, learn about funding options, higher vision target markets, discuss and incorporate gender policies and their impact on society, women grievance monitoring and redressal systems in Goa. Classrooms education should be enriched with business attitude and acumen. I am proud to inform you that many women bodies are popping up in Goa with women leaders organising programs in various areas. GCCI-WW has offered to collaborate and support initiatives where we can.”

Managing director of Sevarat, Rohini Gonsalves said, “I think Ivanka Trump truly nailed it at the GEC, Hyderabad. While she acknowledged the qualities in an entrepreneur as having grit, perseverance and the will to succeed and at the same time to never be afraid to fail. Her slogan was clearly ‘Women first – Prosperity for all’ since it was the first of its kind economic summit with a majority of women participants. I think the take away for Goa from her speech will be to make procurement of capital, availability of mentors (even if it were from out of state) and networking opportunities (with investors, industry experts and other successful entrepreneurs) available to budding entrepreneurs in the state.”

Sevarat provides timely, reliable and professional services to meet every single need of the elderly. Diagnostics, outdoor assistance, home care, home nursing, physiotherapy, counseling and healthcare products are provided to these members. The members enjoy the flexibility to use these services customized as per each person's need. Sevarat caretakers and nurses are well trained, well groomed, dedicated and trustworthy.

She added that it was especially important for the government, banks and other agencies to look at women entrepreneurship beyond the archaic stereotypes of papad, pickles and fabrics. Women have been leaders in technology, finance, services and even manufacturing, so also Goa has the potential to produce women entrepreneurs in every sector. 

“I have witnessed a lot of drive to encourage entrepreneurship in the State and its time to nurture these businesses and make them fit to compete with others in the national and international scene. We cannot let the ‘Susegad Goan’ myth deter us from conquering the world,” added Ms Gonsalves.

Founder of Body Speaks Better, Kanan Tandi runs a body language and expressions reading and decoding training firm based in Goa. They have courses designed specific courses for school/ college students, working professionals, women (homemakers, working), top management and security. The latest courses added to the basket is, how to identify the true intention of a person.

Ms Tandi said, “Ivanka Trump has spoken about two things, policies and technology. As she said, that we should have move policies to help the neutral families, she also mentions about the importance of technology.  There are many universities who have opened up their online portal for flexible online learning. So, learning a new skill had never been easy.  One can learn almost anything through the help of technology. Only important thing needed is self motivation. Keeping this in mind we have created online courses for students, working professionals, and those women, who had left their job long back, but now, want to work with confidence, only thing is they need that confidence back. If one knows how to use social and professional networking websites like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, getting the clients would be way easier.”

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