What do two school friends do when they meet after many years? Yes, have long conversations over coffee! It was over one such conversation that My Munchkin germinated. We were sure that we wanted to venture into something of our own. After discussing various options – of common interest – and experience we realised that as young mothers, one constant topic in our conversation was about babies, our own who are growing up fast. So evolved My Munchkin – cute products for cute babies – combined with a social twist.
We have since trained a small team of underprivileged ladies to make handcrafted products for babies. We provide them with financial support during their training period. This enables them to equip themselves by buying second hand sewing machines. After their training is completed, we provide them with fabric and other materials and they stitch these products from home. By doing so, these women are enabled to earn a livelihood and take up other sewing assignments, while tending to their home and children. The products that have been handcrafted under this initiative are then sold under the My Munchkin label.
People behind My Munchkin:
An Apparel industry professional with a never say die spirit, Deepa Pant, a NIFT post graduate has over 14 years of extensive hands-on experience in every aspect of the industry right from design, production, merchandising to quality assurance, buying and retail. Along with this she has dabbled in Indian handicradts, Corporate/ Sports merchandise consultancy and jewellery designing. She is passionate about dancing, be it choreographing for children at an NGO or learning new forms herself. Her interests range from travelling, painting, and music that keeps her raring to go.
A project management professional, editorial and education consultant, and an ex-bureaucrat, Harini Srinivasan has over 13 years of varied professional work experience in India and Europe. She holds a Masters in English Literature, a Masters in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Studies. She has a passion for books, music and dance and doubles as an enthusiastic and an innovative storyteller for her inquisitive four-year-old son. She is currently also involved in facilitating a reading club for children in the age group of 4 to 7 year olds and has turned an author with her first children’s book .