Abi Ramanan

Papi’s Pickles is a social enterprise that produces Sri Lankan and South Indian food cooked by women from these communities who have relocated to the UK due to conflict in their home regions. As well as the namesake pickles, they also cater events and weddings and run pop-ups across London. Abi Ramanan, who had been a campaigner at the Fairtrade Foundation, Oxfam GB and Sustain, founded the business (along with her mum Shanthini and aunt Radhika) after meeting a Sri Lankan Tamil human rights lawyer and learning about the needs of the women who had relocated to London from the conflict in Sri Lanka. All the women who train at Papi’s Pickles get a London Living Wage, transferable skills for employment and a safe support network.