Ekta (“Unity”) is a close-knit group in which the members support each other personally as well as professionally. The group started coming together in 2017, and was finally registered as a cooperative in December, 2018. In March of 2018 the 9-member team received their first order from MarketPlace. Their proximity to Arpan, one of the older cooperatives, helped inspire this new group. One of the Ekta members used to visit her mother-in-law at Arpan, and was very interested to see that it was possible to have stable work near their homes and to own their own enterprise. Word started spreading and soon women looking for a similar opportunity found themselves getting together to discuss and plan. Ekta’s membership is comprised of younger women, all in their 30’s and also encompasses a lovely mix of different regions and cultures. They have young children whose education is their priority, and want them to get the best in life and be successful.