Katie Stagliano stands in a garden, holding a basket of flowers and vegetables, smiling at the camera. She has chin length brown hair and is wearing jeans and a pink and white t-shirt that reads "Katie's Krops."

KaTIe Stagliano: Founder KaTIe's Krops

The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with Katie Stagliano from Katie’s Krops to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.  

#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?

Katie Stagliano: I am working to grow a healthy end to hunger, one vegetable garden at a time. When I was 9 years old, I grew a 40 pound cabbage in my backyard. I donated my cabbage to a soup kitchen, and it helped to feed 275 people.

#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?

KS: On that day I realized that if one cabbage could help to feed that many people, a garden could help to feed many more. On that day my dream was born to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help end hunger.

#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?

KS: I have tried not to focus on obstacles but rather opportunities. I never saw my age as a hindrance but rather as an advantage. My eyes were wide open to the possibilities and nothing was going to hold me back.

#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?

KS: To place a tiny seed in the earth and watch it grow is a miracle of nature. To think that a child can create that miracle and use it to put healthy fresh food on the table of a family struggling with hunger is incredible.

#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?

KS: I hope that my efforts inspire other young women to realize the positive impact they can have on their community and the world. Small actions can have big impacts. To one person, a basket of vegetables can be the difference between going to bed hungry and feeding their children that day. To be able to say, I made a difference in someone's life is the best feeling in the world.

#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?

KS: When girls are empowered and believed in, there is no stopping them. Women are a force for good in our world.

Follow Katie on: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.