Entrepreneurship needs no age, experience, money. Its not a fashion or Style Statement, Its a passion, a penance, its your out of the box logical thinking, its your hard-work, patience and efforts. It is your approach & outlook with the way you see this world. Every area has opportunities, every problem has a solution, every hurdle is a chance to prove your skills and over come them. You only need your firm determination to over come them. You only need a vision to understand that every problem is a chance to prove yourself.
Its the sense of doing something different apart from 9 to 5 job which makes you different from the world. Where you have an attitude, a level of maturity and understanding, where you do something which is creative, innovative and makes you stand out of crowd.
It is a attitude which says you want to create employment and not consume one, It is a sense of responsibility where you are the source of bread and butter not just for yourself but also several others whom you hire.
A lion remains a lion no matter young or adult. A thinker, an entrepreneur & a leader remains the the same irrespective of your Age, Sex, Caste, financial standing. They can never impact the approach of a person. It can never be an obstacle for a creative thinker.
Today we are presenting the entrepreneurship journey of a young 24 years old girl.
This entire interview was given by the girl in Hindi language as she do not know English, our writers have made the best efforts to keep the same passion & emotions in translated version. This interview is not at all to give any PR, Name & fame or even recognition to the person but to tell the whole world, that nothing can come between you and your passion, nothing in this world can be an obstacle in your career, goals and targets.
Nothing can be a barrier in your life and every end is a new beginning. You can always start anywhere, anytime, all you need is just the approach, attitude & logical thinking.
1.What is the Name of Your Venture?
The person prefer not to answer.
2.Who is your target Audience?
Any house-hold, hotel, restaurant who are looking forward for perfumed candles, incense sticks.
3.Where is your venture based ( city, state, country) & What are your target areas?
We are based out of Palam near dwarka, new delhi and we deal with houses in dwarka, hotels in mahipalpur, gurgaon, even corporates & individuals
4.What problems does your venture solve? What are your products or services.
We create aromatic candles which release fragrance when burnt, we sell it directly from door to door and many a times setup stalls in small fairs or events in hotels, malls etc.
5.Share the idea or story behind the venture. How did it come to an existence?
I was just 15 when my father raped me, my mother was ill and he told me that he will kill my mother, me and my two younger siblings if I tell it to anyone.
I was really scared, my father was a habitual drinker and always use to beat my mother, me and my brother & sister. After a year when I was 16 my mother died. He continuously kept raping me for almost two years. I turned 17 and one day, I came to know that my father wanted to sell me to a man for 10,000 INR. I ran away from my home with my brother & sister who were just 15 & 14 at that time.
We had no place to stay, no food to eat and nothing. I spent the entire night at a footpath and decided never to go back. The next morning I saw few kids begging on the road and they also asked me to join them. This was below my dignity and decided not to do this at all. I rather decided to clean the cars of the people at a petrol pump and they gave me some money. That evening, we got some food and money and again spent the night on the same footpath. Next day it rained and the evening was quite chilling, I was unable to sleep due to cold weather and I got a candle from the petrol pump which helped us to keep ourself awake the whole night, but as soon as I lighted the candle, it started giving some kind of fragrance of some flowers and I really liked it. After a week, I joined a orphanage as a maid to take care of kids along with my brother & sister. The orphanage was a key turning point in my life, I got a salary of 3000 INR along with shelter, food & clothing. I use to work there and take care of the kids. They had regular programs for life skills where they used to teach young adults about candle making, greeting card making, kite making, art & craft making etc . I learned the art of candle making there and began my venture from there itself.
6.How did you identify your co-founder?
I do not have any co-founder.
7.What expansion plans are you looking for the next 2 years, next 5 years?
I don’t think about the future, life is so full of surprises, ups and downs, I do not even know where we all will be tomorrow, As of now, I donate almost 40% of my earning to the orphanage where we spent the time. Another 20% of the money goes in the education of all the kids who work with me in their free time. Another 30% goes in purchasing of the raw material and I keep 10% with me for my survival and also for the education of my younger brother and sister.
8.Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?
I told you, I do not make plans, I feel, a person must be spontaneous, one who makes the plans, always remains in the planning stage. We need action and not plans. Action speaks louder than words.
9.Have you raised any funding? Or have any plans for the funding?
No we do not need any funding, I don’t want to build a empire, I just want to earn this much that I can give best education to my brother and sister. Today they are studying in one of the college in Delhi and work with me on part time basis. They deal with hotels and restaurants and brings orders for us.
10.What were the problems you faced during the starting days and how did you resolve them?
As I said, I was raped by my father and he tried selling me to some man and we all ran away. I was totally distorted, broken and had no hope of survival. We all were young and had no proper education, We didn’t knew what to do except to beg for ourself.
But this was against my dignity, So I worked in an orphanage and learned the art of making candles from the orphanage where I stayed for almost 2 years. I learned how to make candles, incense sticks.
11.Are you married, single or in a relationship?
I am still single and now had no plans to get married, I just want to settle my brother & sister, want them to go for higher education and get them settled in life.
12.What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
Hobby? What does it mean? We are a class of people who can not have a hobby, we hardly get time for hobby, our prime aim and goal of life is survival, when you are totally devastated, distorted, you cant have a hobby, The only thing you think all the day and night is how are you going to survive tomorrow. But yes, when I work, I do sing, I am not at all good in that, but I sing. I do read Hindi newspapers.
13.Whats your favorite food & holiday destination?
I like eating dal and rice, sometimes when we get some chapaties left over, we make choorma at home and I really like it.
14.Whom do you consider your idol or biggest motivator?
Necessity & Need. You don’t need any idol and motivator. Your need and necessity is your bigger teacher.
15.What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
I am not so educated to answer this.
16.If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
I would like to study and would like to travel. I would like to start an orphanage of my own where we teach kids about the art of self survival.
17.How has being an entrepreneur affected your family & Social life?
I don’t have a family as of now, my brother, my sister & the kids with us who work with us in part time is my family, We spend time together, we talk, go shopping together, we eat together, sleep together and remain with each other all the time.
18.Anything, you would like to say to our readers or upcoming entrepreneurs?
You can start your life from anywhere and anytime. Just go for it.
19.Tell us something about your education & family background.
I am not educated, I just got basic education in the orphanage I stayed and I can sign in hindi. I don’t want to discuss my family. I just miss my mother.
20.What is your USP which makes it unique & different from other start-ups in similar domains.
What is USP? Sorry I don’t know. We work for our survival, we are now a group of 13 people including me, my brother & sister and 10 other kids in our orphanage who went out of the orphanage and started our journey all together.
We all work hard day and night, we make all our products our self, we use natural wax, perfume to make our products.
21.Please share complete name, address, phone number, email id & website of Your Business & Contact Person.
You don’t need it, You can find anyone of us either on the road, or in any hotel or restaurant.
One day, we may come and knock your door to sell our products.
Our team had tears in our eyes while talking to this young girl, Sorry Woman. At such young age, she is so mature, handling a team of 12 people, she can surely be called as a woman.
This interview is not at all to give PR or Fame to anyone be it an entrepreneur or a start-up but to tell the world, that the only thing you need to start something is your idea & determination. You only need firm decision to start something.
There could be no barrier between you and your goals. Always listen to your heart and go for it. Our entire team wishes this young entrepreneur a very best of luck for her future & goals.