Bhavini, Jai and Ranjani are very different individuals. What unites them is their common goal of wanting to uplift and empower the lives of women in India. They are also recipients of the Visa and IFundWomen grant which is awarded to women-led businesses to grow and expand their business.
Visa first partnered with IFundWomen – a funding marketplace for women-owned businesses –in March 2020 with the aim of supporting female entrepreneurs and small businesses on a global scale. As an extension of the global partnership, a grant program was launched in India in September of the same year to recognise, honour, and expand the efforts of local women-led small businesses, especially through the pandemic.
At Visa, our purpose is to connect the world and enable individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive, because economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Many micro and small business owners still struggle with access to financial tools, capital, and training programs – critical lifelines that can make or break their livelihoods. Working with partners is an additional channel for us to reach out to more of these underserved communities, and the partnership with IFundWomen is a great example of how we can do just that.
Read on to find out more about Bhavini, Jai and Ranjani’s stories.
Bhavini N Parikh, Founder & CEO, Bunko Junko