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Who we are / Join Us

The people behind Secret Pillow Project are incredible, talented and committed to realising their shared vision that all women have the confidence and resources to make their own choices for themselves and their children.

Producers of Secret Pillows

There are over 200 producers living in three states in South India (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala). They are women who all face a severe challenge to realising their personal power and therefore work in groups supporting each other. Collectively they have made 750 SAMPLE Secret Pillows to date. The producers are supported by a commited team working in South India moving the materials and final products from store room to community centres to the port in Chennai and the best interests are protected by the Guardians of the Women's Groups. Click here to find out more.

UK Team

Fritha Vincent is the CEO and Founder. Fritha works as a fundraiser and performance coach through her own business, Believe YOU Can Make a Difference. During her 14 year career in the 'voluntary' and not for 'profit sector' she has worked in organisations both in the UK and abroad, including Save the Children. Her current clients include International Adventurer’s Charity, Adventure Ashram and National Charity, Alcohol Concern. As part of her work she has travelled extensively and been actively involved in field projects. Secret Pillow Project was Fritha’s idea. She has recruited the team, identified the women’s group and led on all aspects of operations, sales and marketing to date.

 

Aimee Faunt is the Assoicate Project Manager. Aimee has a background in event project management, leading on large scale artistic commissions and unique events across the corporate and charity sectors. Following the successful completion of a campaign for a national charity in 2014 Aimee joined Secret Pillow Project, managing the pop-up retail activity. Having recently returned from representing the project in India, networking and training additional women’s groups to further the mission, Aimee will be focusing on developing projects and working alongside Fritha on logistical management.

 

Fariha Syed is the Finance Assistant. Fariha is a trainee accountant who is currently in her final year of a BA in Accounting and Finance. She is also a student member of the professional Management Accounting body, CIMA, and has completed 9 papers of the qualification.

Volunteers and Interns

Anita Homji is a research intern working closely with Fritha. Anita is passionate about empowering women and as a result, empowering future generations. A qualified medical secretary and mother of two girls, Anita currently works at the UK Supreme Court.

Secret Pillow Project is extremely lucky to have an Advisory Panel that gives time offering support and guidance on communciations, global logistics, business management, and fundraising.

Join Us

Currently we do not have any paid position vacant by we are always looking for more support from people wanting to give their time as a volunteer or come to us for a formal, unpaid internship. For those just wanting to lend their expertise, over coffee or a skype chat, your help would be so appreciated too. In both cases please email fritha@secretpillow.org.uk to connect.

Our amazing charity partners
Secret Pillow Project is proud to work in partnership with the following inspirational chariites who have set up the groups the women are members of:

Ammachilabs, by Amrita University, funded by United Nations Democracy Fund - This charity empowers women by training them in basic job skills via a computer programme. Secret Pillow Project has worked with this organisation from the beginning ,and over 60 of their trained women are Secret Pillow producers. Ammachilabs has also offered feedback on Secret Pillow's programming and assessment of the project’s impact. 

Odanadi - This charity rescues children from situations of human trafficking and runs a hugely successful rehabilitation programme. Twenty of the girls, ages 16-19, make up a Secret Pillow group. 

Grace Charitable Trust - This charity works with Irula Tribal People, providing access to education for the children. Living on the outskirts or within the protected tiger reserve of Mudumalai presents huge challenges, including finding alternative income streams. A group of Irula Women make up a Secret Pillow group. 

Bro Siga Social Service Guild - This charity supports women from a large slum in Chennai to work in groups to produce varioius handmade items. Secret Pillow Project works with ten of its groups to produce Secret Pillows.