VENDOR FEATURE - rubaarb & co.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day here at Park Street Gourmet, we’re highlighting our female vendors making a difference in the local food industry by asking them to share an inspiring and empowering message to all of us.
Today, we speak with Shenali, the lady behind Rubaarb & co.
Q: How long have you been running your business for?
"It will be 1 year this July"
Q: What do you think helped you get this far in your business? How can we mentor young girls to pursue their dreams and keep dreaming bigger?
"I think just the realisation that this is what I want to be doing- being my own boss and finding the passion and fun in being creative, resilient and eager to do new things and wanting to grow my business to something bigger and better each day.
I believe we should remove the myth that girls are less than boys- that only men are heard and followed. Girls these days should be given the freedom whether it's to run their own business, join politics or be the CEO of a multimillion dollar company. We should teach them to believe in themselves and crush social norms and societal pressures fed through the media and social media platforms as well as provide outlets from a small age for them to discover their passion and explore their minds more"
Q: Share an empowering moment as a woman that inspired you.
"It really is a moment everyday. I was raised among strong women (my grandma, mum, sisters and aunts) who stood their ground and ran their own companies and work in companies where they hold top positions. After finishing up my higher studies, I worked in a woman led company as well, so being around amazing women my entire life and seeing women in Sri Lanka and around the World come up has really given me the strength, support and inspiration to do what I'm doing now."
Q: What is one piece of advice to all women who are juggling between home and work?
"I feel it's different from woman to woman- everyone has their own mindset and things going on in their lives but it would have to be to try and be present and in the moment where you are at the time- whether it's work or at home."
Q: Why do we need more women in leadership?
"Women are more empathetic people which we really could use more of in this day and age in leadership and top positions. After years of being sidelined, women are finally having opportunities to be heard and able come into positions of power. Less ego and greed and more understanding and care is what the World needs and women are the embodiment of that."
Q: Who’s your female role model and why?
"It would be my Grandma. She was a strong-willed, iron-clad lady who more or less raised her 2 kids all while being one of the country's top magistrate judges. She didn't stop there though. Once she retired she started her own apparel factory and flew high. All on her own. She would never take any second guessing or opinions from others that she would not agree with and always put her foot down for what's right and was always unapologetically."
Q: Share a message of wisdom for International Women’s Day.
"Be who you are, do what you want and say what you feel without fearing the opinions of others."
Check out Rubaarb & co's range of products here. Park Street Gourmet is offering a 10% discount on all Rubaarb & co products from March 08 till March 14th 2021!