The rise of small businesses in India has been phenomenal. Thanks to the democratising power of social media, artists, designers, and home cooks among others have started to make space for themselves as entrepreneurs and showcase their work online. Whether it’s home decor, fashion, or delicious baked goods, there’s nothing quite like spending your money on a small business run by those underrepresented in the business world (or in the world in general).
So, if you’ve got the money and a taste for one-of-a-kind things, look no further. We have for you 9 awesome small businesses led by women and queer persons that you can support.
9 women and queer-owned small businesses to buy from
1. Firdous Organic
From candles and body butters to soaps and bath salts, Firdous Organic is an eco-conscious small business you’d love to buy from. These luxury products are non-toxic and perfect for those who want to indulge in a little bit of self-care. Check them out here.
2. Sangya Project
Sexual health and wellness is a taboo subject in our country, but there’s no dearth of people looking to up their game in bed. From vibrators and dildos to butt plugs and kink gear, Sangya Project not only provides you with top-notch sex toys, but also educates you on the complex nature of sexuality and gender. Check them out here.
Speaking of sexual health, Sassiest is India’s first doctor-backed sexual wellness and pleasure brand! Whether it’s a quality vibrator or good ol’ lube to get you going, Sassiest has a range of products for you to choose from. Their designs are vibrant, and they cater to an inclusive group of people. Pleasure has no gender, after all. You can check them out here.
5. I Am Rural
Looking for sustainable and eco-conscious ways to shop and still look cute? Look no further. I Am Rural is a collective of women who produce top-notch handcrafted products such as backpacks, sling bags, dresses, and accessories. If you really want to go vocal for local, you can check them out here.
6. Swara – Voice of Women
Fancy a block print saree and don’t know where to find one? Head on over to Swara. A clothing brand that leverages the rich textile heritage of India, Swara has several options for you to choose from. Be it dresses, hair accessories, totes, shrugs, or shirts, this homegrown business has you covered. You can check them out here.
7. Jute Smart
An eco-friendly small business, Jute Smart is the place to go if you’re looking for eclectic and trendy bags. Jute Smart is cruelty-free and boasts of a variety of handmade products that you would absolutely love to flaunt. You can check them out here.
8. Vintage Laundry
Referring to itself as a ‘thrifted sasta kapda for broke millennials’, Vintage Laundry is the place to be if you fit this description. The colourful, loud, and fun patterns of these vintage wonders will ensure that all eyes are on you. You can check them out here.
Ve’goneat is a Mumbai-based small business that sells delicious vegan baked goodies. Its extensive menu contains a variety of cookies, brownies, banana bread, and cakes. And yes, it has some gluten-free options too! You can check them out here.
The joys of shopping from a small business are many – you get authentic, one-of-a-kind products that don’t necessarily burn a hole in your pocket. And more importantly, it helps support entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Why should men have all the fun?
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