In 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin decided to expel the country’s Asian population. 90,000 citizens were given 90 days notice to flee the country. The Modha family was one of these deported families. Kish Modha was 28 and working at his dream job as a wildlife conservationist in Queen Elizabeth National Park. His young nephews, Prashant and Ash, were 6 and 3 years old. With only a few bags on their backs, the Modha family traveled to North America, where they eventually settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1986, Prashant and Ash, now in University, partnered with Kenyan-born brothers Raj and Amit Bahl in founding Mondetta Clothing Company. Mondetta: a combination of the French word for ‘world’, monde with the Latin suffix for ‘small”, etta. A name to reflect international unity and the phenomenon of the global village.