Ekantha is a US based social enterprise that exists to EQUIP and EMPOWER the underprivileged, and thereby help to ELEVATE them and their communities, both locally and globally. Ekantha means "beautiful" in Sanskrit. We partner with established social organizations working with such underprivileged groups, help to equip the neediest in these with skills to make marketable handicrafts, and seek to sell them profitably. Profits, which are kept minimal, are then used to develop more such partnerships. Our partners pay the creators of these crafts very generously, so that they can sustain themselves and their families.
Our vision is that any person coming from an extreme disadvantaged or underprivileged context or background, especially if she is a woman, may have the opportunity to have life, and have it in all its fullness.
Our mission is to equip and empower the underprivileged to help elevate themselves and their communities.
At the core of our business model is a recognition that inherent assets and strengths are always present in underprivileged or marginalized people and their communities, no matter how poor or disadvantaged they are. Won't you join us in our mission?
Ekantha was founded by Paul and Grace Ambrose. Both hold doctorates in Business. The seeds for Ekantha were planted during their many trips to underprivileged parts of the world.