From the Heart of… our Team

From the Heart of... our Team

 5th Oct 2020 |  From The Heart Of... |  Margaret Ring

We are proud to introduce Shin, Secret Projects Marketing Manager as part of our 'From the Heart of' series. 
Through this collection of stories, we want to take you to the centre of Secret Projects, right to our heart to discover what drives us as we journey towards our vision of a world where all women have the confidence and resources to make choices, thrive and contribute to the strengthening of their communities. What keeps us going? What joy and love do we encounter on the way to women's empowerment?

Get to know Shin better by reading his interview about his work with Secret Projects and a little about his home life below: 


Question: In a nutshell what does your role at Secret Projects consist of? 

Shin: It’s so great to work at Secret Projects and I love my job. Firstly, we have got a perfect team and everyone are very responsible. I work here as the Assistant Marketing Manager and my role is to bring more customers in and maintain relationships with our customers.  My day at the office starts with team prayers and then I check emails, our sales and log in to live chat on our on-line retail stores.  I work closely with our management team; my colleagues and they are all amazing. I’ve learned a lot from everyone during my time at Secret Projects and I am looking forward to learning more and more! 

Question: Is there a typical day in your role? What does it look like? 

Shin: My role here in Secret Project is so varied and I love it. Apart from my main job role, I take product photographs and upload them to our website. I never get bored, as there are so many tasks to complete every day. To conclude there is no typical day in my role! 

Question: What did you do before Secret Projects? 

Shin: I was doing my MBA and immediately after my MBA I joined Secret Projects. This is my first job! 

Question: How does your role at Secret Projects empower you? 

Shin: Secret Projects empowers me in many ways. When I joined Secret Projects, I got  alot of training and gradually my skills developed both technical and non-technical with the help of everyone! My managers are like my family to me; they are very motivated and encouraging, they support me in all aspects of my role. The best thing that I will never forgot about is how Secret Projects gave me the courage to face the world. 

Question: What do you find most fulfilling about working at Secret Projects? 

Shin: The impact that Secret Projects brings to the women of India. Changing the life of many women in India, giving courage to every woman who works directly and indirectly with Secret Projects, upgrading their skills and helping them to become entrepreneurs. I find this is one of the most fulfilling parts of Secret Projects. 

Question: Tell us a little about your life away from Secret Projects. 

Shin: I am 24 years old now and live in Bangalore India with my friend who was my classmate during my college days. I feel that Bangalore is one of the best cities to live in India. Basically, I’m from northeast India and I have lived in Bangalore for almost 7 years now. 

I’m very passionate about guitar and like having a cup of tea in the morning and evening; every day I have to play guitar and it’s a big part of my life. I play a lead guitar in a band which consists of 4 members and we compose our own music. 

During my free time I am busy helping my friends to design a website using WordPress. I love learning new things and helping out my friends to design this website really does that! 

Why I love Bangalore so much is that the city is surrounded with lots of trees. I love taking a long walk and exploring the beauty of nature. I feel this this city is the right fit for me. 


Let's finish with a bit of light-hearted fun! 

Question: Dancing or walking? 

Shin: I literally don’t know how to dance, so obviously walking and I love walking for a long distance. 

Question: Going out for the evening or staying at home? 

Shin: I will choose staying at home, since I have to play guitar every evening 

Question: If you could have a one-hour telephone conversation with anyone, who would it be? 

Shin: It will be Jack ma, founder of Alibaba, his speeches are very motivating and inspirational 

Question: As Secret Projects drives people to think about India what do you want to tell the world about India? What do you love most about the country? 

Shin: I would say please visit India and explore the beauty of the culture and historical monuments. India has many cultures and many different languages for each state and our cities. People can learn lots of new things here in India 

Basically I’m saying I love the culture of India!

Ps. You can check out my guitar playing! Thanks for listening. 



Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog Range for pets!

Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog Range for pets!

Our latest range is for our four-legged friends! Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog range for pets! Pets love scraps and so do we! Made from the . . . scrap pieces of fabric left over from production of our other collections, we knew that our latest range for pets would go down a storm with pets and their owners alike! Although the bandannas are perhaps more appreciated by the owners than their furry companion, every dog will just love that each bandana comes with a matching treat bag - and all pet lovers know just how important treats are! Very handily, our little bags have a secure drawstring, so treats stay safely inside whilst out on a walk. Cuteness aside, (and this range is so cute...) our Dig Dog range is made for us by our Makers (the name we give to the women who lovingly stitch our products) and each woman is paid a fair wage for her skills and is able to use the money she earns with us to support herself, her children and her family. So, your pet is responsible for empowering women economically! Woof! The Dig Dog range is available in a range of sizes and pattern and colours - so you can be sure to find something that is perfect for your pooch! Click here to view the full collection.   Image: Coco and Biscuit resplendent in their Dig Dog range bandannas!      
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Our first destash!

Our first destash!

What to do on a rainy Sunday? Hold our very first destash! You may be asking what a destash is?  In short, it's a call out to people to go through old . . . sewing supplies and fabric etc. and donate it to a good cause. With that good cause being Secret Projects! We set up in the Pulborough Village Hall (which is close to where our Business Unit is), and, through various advertising methods, the word had spread and we were delighted to welcome scores of people who came along with their very gratefully received donations. Donations weren't just brought in on the day, we had parcels sent to us and others dropped supplies round to our CEO's house in Pulborough ahead of the official destash day. In total we collected 325 kilos of delici0us pre-loved sewing supplies. Much of the fabric donated has been sorted and will be made up into our ever popular and best selling scrap packs available through our eBay and Etsy Stores. In fact, we now have over 30 different scrap packs to purchase and more will be added, so do keep visiting our stores. We are still taking donations and if you do have any fabric or pre-loved sewing supplies, please do get in touch via And of course the most enormous thank you everyone who donated to, and also helped us run our very first destash! More to come! Let's hear it for destashing!   Image: offering a cup of tea to all who came along to the destash was one way of us saying a big thank you.
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We would LOVE you to donate any unwanted sewing supplies to us!

We would LOVE you to donate any unwanted sewing supplies to us!

We can make such good use of your pre-loved sewing supplies We have added various items of pre-loved sewing supplies to our online stores, including . . . scrap fabrics and buttons for the past few years and it has developed into a small but very good source of income for our Community Benefit Society. The pre-loved sewing supplies market is only getting stronger and is something we are keen to develop and grow and are therefore putting out an 'ask' to our customers and supporters (and of course, anyone else who reads this!) for your old sewing items. We would LOVE them! Ideas for sewing supplies donations! From scrap fabric, to buttons, to pins, to needles, to embroidery equipment, we would adore to talk to you about what you have. Sewing items can often have sentimental value - in fact, our Comms Manager, Margaret was just telling us about a pin cushion she has of her mother's that she could only give away to someone who would really appreciate, and make good use of. Maybe this has resonated with you. So, if you do have sewing supplies you would like to donate, please email Fritha Vincent Mason at: We would just LOVE your pre-loved sewing supplies!  
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