To commemorate Deutsche Bank’s inaugural Women in Asian Business Conference in 2011, we partnered with Be! Fund to invest in 12 start-up businesses proposed by young women living in poverty.
Archana Rajendra Hegde lives in a remote village in Karnataka where most people work as agricultural labourers harvesting areca nuts. Archana - determined that there is high demand for areca-leaf products locally and internationally has started a business producing eco-friendly plates and bowls made from areca leaves. She employs six women from low-income households and hopes her business will pick up and that she will be able make a living and provide a better future for her daughter.