Who we are
Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Veena, Nritya, and Mala, the co-founders, co-owners, and co-operators of Beeja Botanicals. We thought you should get to know us personally, because this brand represents our collective vision and work.
Hi! I am Veena, a social entrepreneur with 17 years of work experience, 12 years in craft based industries and 5 years in international logistics. I am passionate about developing craft clusters that employ local talent and resources. When I am not engrossed in books or pottering around my plants, I am thinking of science experiments to do with my daughter. I love being the trustee of “Kalike – The Learning Foundation”, which works with rural kids, and a partner at “The Cottage Collective”, an online platform for artisan-based cottage industries.
Hi! I am Nritya. I grew up in Sirsi, loving the forest, rivers, and foods of the Western Ghats. I am passionate about social justice, psychology, and graphic design. I completed a Liberal Arts degree at Quest University in Canada, with a focus on human behaviour and collective action. I always knew that I would return to India, because so much work is needed here. In my free time, I like to swim, eat, and dance. I hope you enjoy our products for all the care we have put into it.
Hello, my name is Mala. I grew up in Mumbai, but my family originates from coastal Karnataka, and I remember fondly all the visits I made to my rural relatives as a child. My favourite activity is talking with friends and family around tea and snacks. I have been practicing clinical psychology in Sirsi for over 20 years, and I have been closely involved in starting and running an occupational rehabilitation centre for individuals with mental and physical challenges. I am also deeply passionate about education, which led me to start a foundation to support child learning through after-school programs.
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