As our Fall in Love With Giving Back campaign comes to a close, it’s a great time to celebrate successes. Since opening earlier this year, Tapri Chai has already shown their commitment to this community by always being on board to support local causes. With the Barrhaven BIA, they jumped at the opportunity to donate 30 gift cards to local families displaced by the tornadoes in July and helped pilot the “Shop and Donate Local” with the United Way. They have also found other great ways to give back including mentorship and community. They are truly leading by example and we are so proud to have them in here in Barrhaven. We recently sat down with Tapri Chai co-founder Naina Kansal and here is what she had to say.
Why is it important for you as a business to give back to the community?
“Giving back to the community is a deeply personal commitment for me. Our business wouldn’t exist without the incredible support from our community. Giving back is our way of saying thank you and showing our appreciation for their support. Community building and engagement is an important part of our brand values and identity- be it by engaging in event sponsorships, hosting events, donations or promotions. Community engagement also has a profound impact on our team. Our employees are here to collect more than pay checks, they are equally enthusiastic and dedicated to give back and support different community initiatives. Knowing our efforts will make positive change is incredibly fulfilling. It’s not just good for business; it’s a reflection of our core beliefs and who we are.”
How, as a new business, have you found ways to give back?
“Community is the backbone of our business. We realized as a new business, we have lean resources but that didn’t stop us from giving back. We adopted creative ways in which we could support different initiatives. I mentor various entrepreneurs and small business owners through different non-profits, and also sit on the Entrepreneurship program advisory committee at Algonquin College. We have sponsored various social events through local non-profits. One of our business mandates is to promote our culture, and we hosted Ottawa’s first Diwali Meetup and invited local influencers and bloggers for an intimate Diwali brunch. Tapri Chai is five months old and we continue to find ways to give back to the community and support Indian tea growers by sourcing directly from small tea farms.”
Thank you to Tapri Chai!
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Tapri Chai yet, what are you waiting for? They have a great menu of Indian street food and, of course, the most delicious chai. Stop in to see them at 200 Kennevale Drive – you’re in for a treat!