Uma R Maheswari - Great Companies Women Entrepreneur Award Winner 2020
Uma R Maheswari
We-Mana Nutrition(OPC) Pvt Ltd
Manufacturing, Food Processing
We-Mana's product is a packaged, ready-to-eat nutrition bar Ah!rogya Bar made from locally available and traditional ingredients like ragi, jaggery and peanuts without the addition of any artificial flavouring and colouring agents or preservatives. The nutrition bars are a better and healthier snack option and sold in the commercial market. The product is affordable and widely available, thereby, improving access to necessary nutrition. Each 25gm bar is estimated to contain essential micro and macro-nutrients and 5.79 gm of protein. We-Mana functions as a social enterprise, with its product, it addresses the problem of inadequate, insufficient and hard to access nutritional requirement primarily among vulnerable groups of children, women and any other marginalized groups that are in need of nutrition.
What challenges have you overcome to reach where you are now
As a single mother of 3 children for over 15 years, I have had the privilege of experiencing life in broad spectrum. I have worked with children from lesser privileged background for 15 years in the field of education and going back to complete a post graduate degree in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. The importance of nutrition for the lesser privileged pushed me to the path of entrepreneurship. Today I am the proud founder of a social enterprise that helps with the nutrition of women, children and marginalised communities.
What message you want give for other aspiring women entrepreneurs
Never give up. Hold your head high and look up in faith and walk on. Success is just over that last mountain.
To what do you attribute your success
Faith, grit and determination.
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