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Fearless Female Ethical Entrepreneurs

Are you a woman of color who doesn’t feel represented in the social space?

Say no more! In honor of women’s month, it is our pleasure to present to you FOUR incredibly inspiring and powerful female entrepreneurs hailing from Brazil to the West Indies.

Throughout this month, it has been so moving to be part of the #writesforwomen campaign on social media, sharing inspiring messages with women around the world, and sharing stories of women who have created businesses that combine their passion for creating quality products that respect people, animals and the planet.

It’s made us think:

Why are we only doing this for one month of the year?

We are seeing more and more female entrepreneurs take centre stage when it comes to business for social good, and not enough recognition for their hard work (let alone female entrepreneurs and CEOs!). We’re pledging to keep the momentum alive by continuing to share the stories of women in the industry creating powerful change that is shaping a sustainable world, just like the stories of Renata, Clarice, Carolina and Jazzmine.

Read below to learn the stories of our 4 featured female entrepreneurs and what women’s month means to them!

Clarice Pantoja Winicki, founder of RYOU

Meet Clarice! Clarice is a 33-year-old Latina from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her grandparents immigrated to Brazil from Russia and Poland.

Tell us your entrepreneurial story.

Three years ago it was my great wish to join in a single business where everything was part of me. I am a Fashion Designer, I am a creative energy, and I always had a strong need to help other women. One of my strengths is creating accessories. A mix of semi precious stones and jewels mixed in matter press natural with metals, silverware and beads is one of my signature styles.

I am a free spirit, I’ve always liked to travel. California is the place where I always felt connected to the land, to myself, to everything! Here, I can achieve the greatest potential of my expansion as a woman.

My brand RYOU came during a trip to Cali. I realized that independent of the style and age, bracelets are one of the main accessories that ladies desire. At RYOU (Rio on you), I connect the style of Rio de Janeiro and California, knowing that this connection will always be part of me as well.

We started to produce only few bracelets with the idea of creating distinct products that bring together different textures, colors and nature.

Our sales fronts needed to match and be an extension of myself. I started thinking in different formats that I like to move forward. And during a meditation this format came to me: a bike store. The bike represents the freedom and no limitation of the space that will go beyond marked walls. 

I developed the first bike store format and from there, as popularity of the line increased, we opened a total of 5 bike store fronts and started to wholesale to people that wanted to take our handmade Brazilian fashions to the world.

What inspires your creations?

Natural beauty, the sacred female energy, and the lifestyle of Rio and California. Since I was a child, I have learned the importance of being independent and I always have had the dream of having my own business. As I matured, I understood that to be successful, you need to join your purpose with your soul and heart. This is RYOU for me.

What does women’s month mean to you?

Women’s month, for me, is every month. We are a sacred, divine and we should be revered all the days.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My superpower is to raise women. To encourage them to be their truth and take your greatest potential as the divine creative. Today, I also am teacher of kundalini yoga and one of the directors of a non-profit that help the homeless population in Brazil.

I feel a stigma still exists when a woman is the front of an enterprise. Many people think that we cannot be leaders. I believe that we are a divine creative energy and have the strength to express everything we want and the power to manifest it.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

If I could change something in the world it would be to add Yoga as part of the education in the schools systems, synchronizing our consciousness, body, mind and spirit.


Renata Helena Galleazzi, co-founder at Alma Boa

Meet Renata! Renata is a 38-year-old Latina from São Paulo, Brazil with Italian roots, as her family had travelled to Brazil after World War 2. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California and runs Alma Boa with her partner, Felipe Freitas. She is a fur mama to Mandi and Inca.

Tell us your entrepreneurial story.

I started when I was in High School. I designed earrings and necklaces and I never stopped! I've worked as an interior designer for 12 years of my life.

I really feel so grateful to work with people who care about the planet, and little by little we can bring more information to others.

What does women’s month mean to you?

The month to bring conscience to the importance of the earth and to keep the female strong. Gaia needs the female ritual to stay balanced.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

All the people know the feeling of giving and receiving love.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I'd like to fly!


Jazzmine Raine, co-founder of Hara House

Meet Jazzmine! Jazz is a 26-year-old Canadian with West Indian, Irish and Scottish roots. She is originally from Toronto, Canada but lives in north India. Jazz is the co-founder of Hara House, a zero waste hostel and social enterprise located in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.

Tell us your entrepreneurial story.

My journey in the social space started in high school when I launched a nonprofit called Raine for Water back home in Toronto, later renamed Raine Network. We supported projects that focused on water and women, seeing the direct impacts of water conversation and women’s empowerment in creating a sustainable world. The venture led me to working on the ground in Canada, Ghana, and India, including taking the role of Executive Director of a Canadian organization empowering youth through social justice and creative arts, and leading an India-based grassroots organization as Operations Manager.

When I moved to India in 2015, I began to work with on various waste management and women’s projects, fuelling my passion to live a zero waste lifestyle, shift the mindset of travelers and their impact in destination, and how women and youth can be the leaders for transformative change. Since 2015, I have been involved in numerous initiatives to bring forth awareness about sustainable living, responsible travel, and youth empowerment through projects such as Impact Travel Alliance, Causeartist, Operation Groundswell and more!

In 2018, I combined my passions for sustainable living, responsible travel and youth empowerment by co-founding and launching Hara House. The zero waste guesthouse and hostel is located in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. We use 20% of profits to empower youth through social justice and environmental action education. Onsite, we have a community hub for youth in the community of Bikaner to access resources such as computers and books, and practice their English through English conversation sessions.

Our goal is open various locations across India and build a platform for accessing responsible travel options that support entrepreneurs across the country. We want to see more tourism dollars remaining in the local economy that fuel sustainable development, straying away from tourism leakage, and more travelers implementing sustainable practices into their travels.

What does women’s month mean to you?

A yearly milestone to reflect on how far we’ve come and inspire womxn to keep going. #writesforwomen

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Stop the production of plastic - we have enough of it to continue recycling and upcycling it into other products.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To inspire every young person to embrace failure and growth, and pursue their ultimate passion.

What is one word or quote that you use as a motto for inspiring yourself and other women in your industry?

Self-care.


Carolina Carvalho Costa, founder of Tchibum

Meet Carolina! Carolina is a 40-year-old Latina from Brazil with Portuguese, Russian and Indigenous roots. She is currently based in Vale do Capão, Brazil and runs TchiBum, a handmade baby and kids clothing brand using from remnant materials.

Tell us your entrepreneurial story!

I'm an acrobat and have loved making handicrafts since I was a little kid. For 12 years I've worked as a professional acrobat in circus and designing costumes for shows. In 2015, I received an award for a research development project about dance and acrobatics. The project was implemented in Capao (Bahia, Brazil), a place that was already familiar to me and where I could create and experience a new life closer to nature and far from the city. During this time, I received news that I would become an Aunt to my nephew. From there, I began creating baby clothing which inspired the creation of Tchibum, a brand of unique pieces, produced with care and love.

What inspires your creations?

Nature, comfort, fun and circus

How does your heritage impact your creations?

One of my grandmother’s was an amazing seamstress. My other grandmother used to make beautiful tricot textiles. and my third grandmother (a chosen grandmother!) taught me how to fuxicos and crochet.

What does women’s month mean to you?

I don't really like it. It reminds me that we have such a huge difference between genders that we need a month to talk about it.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Increase tolerance of differences.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Teletransportation!

How do you give back to your community?

I'm part of the "food collective" where we negotiate organic products with sustainable farmers to help the community and everyone involved.