In 2014, Emily Gilbert was attending a wedding half-way around the world when the idea for a business began to form. Inspired by India – a country of astonishing contrasts between wealth and poverty, contemporary technologies and ancient monuments, languages, cultures and traditions – Emily started IndiCouture, LLC. This social enterprise sells unique, handmade jewelry that tells the story of the people, places, and incredible beauty of India.
IndiCouture is a jewelry company that offers something different and inspirational both here and abroad. As a way of giving back, a portion of the proceeds from every sale funds tuition and educational programs at J.D.S. Public School in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Going from an idea to a successful business can be a challenge, even for the most seasoned entrepreneur. But Emily recognized that she didn’t have to be alone on her journey to success. As a newly minted entrepreneur she saw value in Pathway Women’s Business Center and the classes they offered. She has been a regular attendee each of the Center’s MoneySmart classes, where she worked in small groups led by seasoned professionals to dig into issues facing new business owners and apply them to her goals of growing both the retail and wholeside sides of IndiCouture.
“The knowledge I have gained from these classes has been the catalyst to launching my business with confidence. The WBC has become a place for me to learn and grow, share my ideas, and network with other female entrepreneurs,” says Emily. “I am looking forward to continuing my learning with the Women’s Business Center and maybe one day presenting my own story of building IndiCouture to a successful social enterprise with a new group of female business owners.”