Kalyani Gongi

Utilizing the Boons of Nature

Fascinated by the rich and bountiful offerings of Mother Earth, Kalyani founded Ancient Living to develop organic personal care, easy-to-use products. It has become a means to not only fulfil Kalyani’s ambition but also to create a livelihood for several women as she believes that women are key agents for achieving economic, environmental and social changes.

Born and raised on her family farm, Kalyani Gongi was always fascinated by the rich and bountiful offerings of Mother Earth. From her father, she started inheriting valuable knowledge about the healing qualities of various herbs and aromatic plants which grew on their farm. She was inspired by the way our ancestors lived in ancient times and, as she grew up, she made efforts to find the long lost Ayurvedic secrets of skin, hair and health care. A woman of determination and dreams, she wanted to set up a factory, create a brand and develop full-fledged organic personal care, easy-to-use products. So it was only natural that in 2010, Kalyani founded Ancient Living to recreate a magical journey back to roots with eco-conscious merchandise. With her products, she wanted to create a positive impact for all the stakeholders in the ecosystem.

However, it wasn’t so easy to create a market space for organic products in times of over-the-counter goods. But she persevered and started sharing her vision and the benefits of organic products with people. Over the years, Ancient Living became a means to not only fulfil Kalyani’s ambition but also to create a livelihood for several women.

Kalyani believes that women are key agents for achieving economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development in society. As a woman, she also understands how financial independence can instil a sense of pride in other women. The women working for Ancient Living are also trained to make aromatic candles, paper/cloth bags and pouches. For the other women in their communities who are keen on learning but are homebound, Kalyani has started an initiative called, ‘Vidya’ with a vision of crafting sustainable livelihoods for homebound women. No longer do they have to go out of their homes to work, the work comes to them. The material is provided to these women in their houses and collected when ready. That’s how Ancient Living is not just a business; it is pure passion to create, not just for self but for the society at large. The goal is to economically empower as many women as possible.

The success of Ancient Living can be measured in terms of integrity and the extent to which it has been able to make a positive impact in the community. Kalyani realizes the power she holds to make a difference in the lives of these women and is doing her best to create a change.

Ancient Living has moved beyond the realm of beauty and now also produces eco-friendly lifestyle products and will soon be launching its own line of organic clothing. The reason for exponential growth lies at the heart of its core values – conscious, pure and sustainable.


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