Marigold & Co. creates a dignified workspace for women in Hanumanthapuram Village, Tamil Nadu, India.
Marigold & Co. was started to help empower women by training them as artisans and connecting the goods they produce with a growing market. By bringing more business to India, Marigold & Co. is helping to create more ethical job opportunities and boost the economy of small villages. Profits from items produced in the USA go toward growing the number of women employed by Marigold & Co. in India.
After a trip to India in 2016, Marigold and Co.’s founder, Mary Elizabeth Heard, was struck by the poverty and unemployment rate. India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. There are so many people, not enough jobs, and too few resources reaching those in need. While spending time in Hanumanthapuram, a village in Tamil Nadu, a woman named Viji inspired her to combine her skills in designing with a real need in the world. Viji started “Little Flock,” an orphanage and primary school in Hanumanthapuram. Viji has made Marigold & Co. possible by allowing the village women to use the orphanage as a facility for them to work in.