PAHANYA was launched online in Sri Lanka in the middle of the pandemic with leftover beads and threads we found laying around in our home. I launched the brand under my daughter's first name; intending to keep her occupied during the lockdown away from technology and screen time.
While the company was predominantly selling handmade items to our family and friends; it is only when we moved back home to Canada the company was established and the brand "PAHANYA" was born.
We created Pahanya to spread positivity and uplift mental well-being during some of the darkest times we all had to experience while uplifting the communities and Artisans around the world.
What started as a mom-daughter craft project turned into a lifestyle brand in less than one year with a wide range of products that ship worldwide.
Our mission has always been to uplift the mental health of our community by creating products that can spread love, positivity, and awareness. PAHANYA is about making feel-good products to show that everyone matters and that they are loved regardless of their race, color, or social status while uplifting the communities and artisans around the world.
Under our other brand - Bellybees
Cover of Lanka Woman Magazine
Women Entrepreneur of the year for Sri Lanka - International Business Magazine
Entrepreneur of the Year - Western Province (Small)
Sri Lankan Delegate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit- GES2017
Top Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka
International Women CEO Award
Sri Lanka In Vogue Magazine Cover Story
The Early Years
Poetry Ambassador for the United States of America
Editors Choice Award