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3 Rural Female Entrepreneurs Entrusting Many Others

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India has been jammed with competent females bestowing an enormous amount of wealth and productivity to the country’s economy and empowering others while strengthening. Current research by McKinsey Global Institute says that $770 billion could be added by India – more than 18% – by 2025 to its GDP by providing balanced opportunities to women at work. 

However, there has been a slow growth with the preconception about women. Although there is the necessity of massive change in the way our country works and people’s mindsets. There exists a large number of women who could ascertain and prove themselves as entrepreneurs. Below is a list of 3 women entrepreneurs from rural places in India making a considerable impact today;

Kalpana Saroj

Kalpana Saroj, a Dalit child bride, grew up to be the CEO of a $112 million company; her story can encourage many. Kalpana is recognised as the ‘original slumdog millionaire of India’ and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. Showing up from a small place in Maharashtra, she got married to a disrespectful family at 16. As if going through physical abuse by the husband and in-laws was not sufficient, the whole village held her responsible for the failure of her marriage. 

Kalpana’s father brought her back home as he got scared after knowing the truth about the situation. Kalpana attempted suicide as she could not bear the burden of the social pressure of failed marriage. However, she got a second chance in life, and she was determined to reanimate her life. She moved to Mumbai to begin a business of furniture for helping her family through the financial crisis. Soon, she rose as one among those village people who could succeed in the city of dreams. 

There was no looking back after that. The owner of Kamani Tubes, Ramjibhai Kamani, one of the most successful entrepreneurs, expired in the 1980s. There was great turmoil in the company as his sons were fighting for the lion’s share. Meanwhile, the board approached Kalpana and asked her to take over as she was prosperous in the furniture business. She became the president of the Kamani Tubes in 2000, a manufacturer of copper and its commodities, and she got it out of debt by 2006 and made it a productive venture.

Godavari Satpute

Kalpana Saroj, a Dalit child bride, grew up to be the CEO of a $112 million company; her story can encourage many. Kalpana is recognised as the ‘original slumdog millionaire of India’ and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. Showing up from a small place in Maharashtra, she got married to a disrespectful family at 16. As if going through physical abuse by the husband and in-laws was not sufficient, the whole village held her responsible for the failure of her marriage. 

Kalpana’s father brought her back home as he got scared after knowing the truth about the situation. Kalpana attempted suicide as she could not bear the burden of the social pressure of failed marriage. However, she got a second chance in life, and she was determined to reanimate her life. She moved to Mumbai to begin a business of furniture for helping her family through the financial crisis. Soon, she rose as one among those village people who could succeed in the city of dreams. 

There was no looking back after that. The owner of Kamani Tubes, Ramjibhai Kamani, one of the most successful entrepreneurs, expired in the 1980s. There was great turmoil in the company as his sons were fighting for the lion’s share. Meanwhile, the board approached Kalpana and asked her to take over as she was prosperous in the furniture business. She became the president of the Kamani Tubes in 2000, a manufacturer of copper and its commodities, and she got it out of debt by 2006 and made it a productive venture.

Godavari Satpute

Belonging to Arrah, Bihar, Anita Gupta in 1993 set up the Bhojpur Mahila Kala Kendra to entrust females from small places by giving them employment training and education. The NGO has authorised more than 25,000 females in around 400 skills and has set up some 300 self-help lots in Bihar. The females elicit and sell jewellery at fairs organised by the government. 

Also, it replenishes jewellery in several stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and other cities. Anita dwelled in an acutely patriarchal society. She noticed her own grandfather ‘purchasing’ a girl for having children after his sons expired. This incident left a deep mark on Anita, which determined her to bring an upheaval. Initially, when Anita began, the male members in the houses approached by her would not let her talk to the women, and she was asked to leave. Approaching females was a massive challenge for her, but she prevailed and has been able to empower thousands of women today. 

The NGO amassed support from TISS(Tata Institute of Social Sciences) in 2000 and DC Handicrafts, Government of India. Anita received an award in 2008 from the Government of Bihar for her contribution towards empowering women. She is also a member of USHA Silai School in Jharkhand and Bihar, where she instructs women in sewing.

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