Secret Projects Is Up For Sale

 27th Nov 2019 |  Invest |  Fritha Mason


Founded 7 years ago, by Fritha Mason, Secret Projects vision is a world where all women have the confidence and resources to make their own choices for themselves and their children. Working throughout 5 Indian states, Secret Projects empowers women through the making and selling of homewares. Fritha built up a global customer base by transferring her skills as a charity fundraiser to rewards based crowdfunding, using UK based Crowdfunder as a platform, who exist to support people who have an idea that might just change the world!  After a series of very successful campaigns, Secret Projects now has over 3,000 customers.As we enter our eighth year, we are now working with over 300 women from marginalised communities, with good sewing skills who make our charming and foldable Secret Products. Although we pay the women twice the minimum wage for the items they make, they have big dreams and don’t want handouts or to be beneficiaries. Simply put, they want to earn their own income and many dream of opening sewing units and taking the goods they make to market themselves.  One of our Makers, Shylaja has managed to do just that and embodies why we do what we do. Read Shylaja’s story.At the same time, homes all over the world are full of Secret Products from Secret Pillows through to our Secret Sari Dresses and to move forward, we decided that we needed to bring these 2 elements together and as a result, Secret Projects is now up for sale!We have transformed Secret Projects into a Community Benefit Society, which means that people anywhere in the world can buy shares and invest in our vision. We are currently running our most challenging crowdfunding appeal to date, to sell these shares and raise £150,000 to expand our business to reach even more women and we are thrilled to be working with Crowdfunder once again.  Crowdfunding is never easy. It’s high maintenance, high energy and needs constant input and attention, but we do have some expert guidance from the excellent team at Crowdfunder, who we are delighted to be working with once again  We couldn’t be better supported!  They have provided us with skilful coaching, as we developed our appeal and freely given ideas for marketing, promotion and contacts. Most importantly, Crowdfunder are always on hand as we go through our campaign to give us advice and encouragement. Knowing they are there for us makes life whilst crowdfunding so much easier – their energy and drive is infectious!To learn more about Secret Projects vision and the full details of our appeal click HERE.

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The 2nd AGM of Secret Projects Community Benefit Society will take place on September 21st 2022

The 2nd AGM of Secret Projects Community Benefit Society will take place on September 21st 2022

The second Annual General Meeting of Secret Projects Community Benefit Society (SPCBS) We are delighted to announce that the second AGM of SPCBS will . . . take place via Zoom on Wednesday 21st September at 1-2pm BST. The agenda for the meeting The agenda for the meeting with items to be discussed was sent via email to all Shareholders on Thursday 1st September 2022. If you did not receive the agenda, first please check your junk mail boxes and if it hasn't reached you, please email us at: invest@secretprojects.org The Zoom link for the meeting The Zoom link to attend the meeting will be sent to all Shareholders and representatives of Shareholders no later than Monday 19th September. The quorum It is required that a minimum of 10% (27) of Shareholders or representatives of Shareholders attend the meeting for it take place. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the meeting and if you would like to learn more about investing in SPCBS, please visit the invest page of our website at: secretprojects.org/invest.  
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We have been named one of the top 100 Social Enterprises in the SE100 Index and Social Business Awards run by NatWest and Pioneers Post

We have been named one of the top 100 Social Enterprises in the SE100 Index and Social Business Awards run by NatWest and Pioneers Post

We have been named one of the top 100 Social Enterprises in the UK in the NatWest Bank SE100 Index and Social Business Awards. AND WE COULDN'T BE . . . PROUDER! We entered the competition earlier this year and put it to the back of our minds. We knew that we had done a good job with the application, highlighting our strengths as well as our plans for the future. However, the competition was going to be tough as there are so many brilliant Social Enterprises out there! Then the news came through that we had been named one of the top 100 UK Social Enterprises! We genuinely went into a bit of shock for a couple of minutes, wondering if what we were seeing was real! And then we screamed a little! This award means so much to us and, without wishing to sound like we are giving an Oscars acceptance speech, we wouldn't have recieved this honor without the unfailing support of our Customers, Shareholders and Friends. So, it's a well done to each and everyone of us. What is the SE100 Index and Social Business Award? The SE100 Index and Social Business Awards is run by NatWest Bank & Pioneers Post every year to name, celebrate and learn from the UK's 100 most impressive social enterprises. Learn more about this award here. What does being named one of the top 100 UK Social Enterprises in the SE100 Index and Social Business Awards mean to us? So much! It's wonderful to get a recognition that what we are doing is making an impact by such a presitgious organisation and award. To be counted in with 99 other excellent social enterprises is just wonderful and we want to give a shout out to all the top 100. It's so tough for social enteprises in this current climate and to receive this honor has really boosted our spirits, so thank you to the SE100 committee for recognising our work and to the entire Secret Projects team for working so hard our social enterprise the impactful organisation it is today.      
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Introducing our latest editorial creation - News from India

Introducing our latest editorial creation - News from India

Introducing News from India We are delighted to introduce our latest editorial creation - News from India, dropping in inboxes every 6 weeks. What's . . . it all about? News from India, begins with an update and introduction from Secret Projects India Director, Sumathi and is packed full of news about what our Makers (the name we give to the women who lovingly stitch our Ranges of Clothing and Homeware) are working on, how you can help us in our mission to empower women in India, plus lots of other information and announcements. With Heart With Heart, our long standing, monthly e-newsletter will still continue to be sen but will now mainly focus on our products, offers and new products. How to sign up to receive News from India and With Heart Please click the link here to sign up to receive both News from India and With Heart. If you already receive With Heart, you will automatically be sent News from India. Subscribing to News from India is one of the best ways to keep up with all things Secret Projects India and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as Sumathi and the team enjoy putting it together.   Photo: Sumathi's update from News from India. 
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