Get to Know The Founder

Founder- Vaishali Umrikar

I, Vaishali, started The Empowerment Bag in 2018 because I am passionate about stopping human trafficking. I was also looking for an affordable, sustainable, and ethically-made cross-body bag. I couldn't find such a product. I also didn't find a brand I trusted that provided a variety of bags to keep up with my varied activities and hectic lifestyle, so I decided to launch such a brand myself.

I have been involved with anti-trafficking projects since high school. When I attended Carleton College, I founded and led an anti-human trafficking task force. I was awarded a scholarship to work with the Cook County Adult Probation Sex Offender Unit and the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). I also worked with the Australian Government Office for Women. Recently, I recently underwent professional Domestic Violence training.

I hope you will join me in the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Shop now and support The Empowerment Bag!