When your passion becomes your trade, you enjoy every bit of the journey. Something similar happened to me. Cooking was always my forte. Right from my childhood days, I was known for my culinary skills. The economic condition of my family, back then before my marriage and after, was not so stable. Which did not deter me, in fact, it provided me impetus and motivation to do what I can do the best, i.e. cooking.
I was introduced to Swayamsiddha Foundation by Mrs.Namrata Gawade and with their support, I was able to pursue my dreams at a rapid pace. I started tiffin service from my house, today, I am able to realize my dream to start my own kitchen service (Poli Bhaji Kendra). I was provided consultancy and guidance by Mrs.Namrata Gawade and the team of Swayamsiddha Foundation.
Now, apart from regular tiffin items, I have started making traditional Maharashtrian sweets like Puran Poli, Modak etc. To supplement my business, I have started supplying dry fruits to local traders.
I thank one and all who assisted me in my journey till now.
I take this opportunity to introduce myself and my journey as a successful women entrepreneur. The struggles that I faced in my life only made me more bold and resolute. I grew in a traditional lower-middle-class family in chawl environment. I had seen how women folks, during my childhood, used their stitching skills to sustain their livelihood. Looking at them stitch clothes, blouses etc I too picked up the art and soon tailoring became my passion. Without any formal education in stitching or tailoring, I learned the nitty-gritty of this art by sheer practice. However, in the early phase of my life, due to my education and later on due to familial responsibilities which came after my marriage, I could not give enough justice to my art.
The going was good, however, suddenly out of a blue something unexpected happened in our married life. My husband suffered kidney failure, his both kidneys became dysfunctional, which meant that he could no more work. A sole breadwinner that he was, our family income came to halt. Every hope suddenly came crashing down. I had to do something, to sustain myself, look after my husband’s illness and my kids. The art that I had learned in my childhood days came to my rescue. Without any formal education in tailoring or dress designing, on my gut feeling, i began the tailoring work. slowly my work was appreciated by locals, I started getting stitching orders from my building my neighborhood.
My childhood friend Mrs.Namrata Gawade, who happens to be the Coordinator with Swayamsiddha Foundation, helped me in my journey. She introduced me to the organization and with the help of Namrata Madam and Swayamsiddha, I got the lost confidence. Today, I not only run my own tailoring shop but, train other women, the art that I learned. I am able to look after my ailing husband’s medical needs and educate my kids.
I would like to thank Namrata Gawade Madam and Swayamsiddha Foundation for supporting me.