Mumbai based, Wegan Foods, has secured funding from Princess Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi, a member of the royal family of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The Indian start-up impressed with its selection of vegan foods and a heavily dominated women workforce.
Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi has supported the vegan food kitchen in the form of an undisclosed amount in funding.
Qassimi who also worked with other Indian companies such as Food for Change and India Cares, was taken by the fact that Wegan Foods is going to have a 90 percent women workforce.
She said: “I was impressed with the fact that Kinjal plans to have a 90 percent women workforce by hiring from organisations that groom and empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is the biggest motivation for me. Globally, I have been an advocate for women’s rights and see this investment as a step in that direction.”
The additional funding will be used by Wegan Foods to build the brand and scale the kitchen with growth.
Kinjal Darukhanawala, founder and CEO Wegan foods said the brand seeks to be an ethical and transparent brand.
He said Wegan Foods will have ‘happy kitchens’ with a woman dominated team. Darukhanawala said: “We are creating a range of products that are delicious and dairy free”.
“The idea is not just being vegan but also carrying a line of products that are delicious and nutritious for all age groups to devour. A lot of people have preconceived notions about vegan food. Our brand plans to banish these notions.” Darukhanawala added.