MEET PUKHRAJ & IIRO
Moi Namaste started as an idea at Pukhraj & Iiro's wedding. In some Indian cultures, it is common practice to give gifts to all the attendees at the wedding. A means to brag about one's family wealth, Pukhraj and Iiro didn't want to turn this custom into a boasting moment. Instead, they decided to use their gift budget to support two local self-help groups that work with mothers to create handmade products, therefore creating sustainable employment for these women..
The idea was well-received and commended by all guests, Indian and international.
On the suggestion of many Finnish guests, Pukhraj & Iiro started exploring ways to bring "India" to Finland.
And with that, Moi Namaste was born.
We, at Moi Namaste, don't intend to start things of our own. Instead, we support existing impactful groups and craft communities that care for the people they employ as well as their impact on the planet. Our intentions include
- Encouraging and celebrating our artisan's authentic crafts and stories
- Empowering them to up-skill themselves and financially support their families and communities
- Enabling them to share their craft with a global audience
A little more about our founders:
After a decade of work in the education and development sector, Pukhraj is starting a new journey in supporting and creating sustainable livelihoods for Indian craftspeople. Founder & CEO of Moi Namaste, Pukhraj, aims to connect the Nordic world with exquisite Indian craftsmanship. She is inspired by Nordic values of transparency, traceability, commitment to human rights and sustainability.
Eager to learn & connect, reach out to Pukhraj if you are mindful & care for social issues (especially women & artisan-centered), sustainability, and ethics in the way we live our lives!
Iiro, our co-founder, is a logistical expert from Finland. He currently works in Helsinki as the Product Manager for Special Services in the Finnish branch of a global logistics company. Married to Pukhraj, Iiro has seen the harsher life of the Indian artisans and wants to use his logistical knowledge to make Moi Namaste a success across Finland & the world. He is our main man for all things operations & finance!