Here is the story of a woman who wrote her own destiny.
Born into a so called low caste dalit family She was not allowed to attend many school functions/activities, was bullied at school, parents of her friends refused to let her enter their homes. Married off at a tender age of 12 to a man 10 years older than her. She moved with him to one of the slums in Mumbai. All that the marriage brought her was physical abuse and unspeakable torture. She was cruelly beaten by her ‘husband’s’ elder brother and his wife.
Her father finally found out the kind of life his daughter was living and brought her back to their own village. The society pushed her back for not leading the life as a disciplined indian wife but coming back to her parents place. All the comments thrown at her about her failed marriage drove her to suicide, she drank bottles of pesticides to end her life. But, was fortunately saved.
That’s when she decided to live and started dreaming big. There began the journey of a strong willed women.
She wanted to pursue her studies but failed.
She moved to Mumbai again dreaming of finding a job but failed.
As they say self help is the best help. She learned stitching from mother and set up her own business. This is where her short sweet success began.
She worked tirelessly for 16 hours a day and learned about industrial sewing machines available. Finally her business grew and she saw good profit. She got a government loan of 50,000 rupees and opened her own boutique.
Her reputation made heads turn and she was asked to take over a company which was dying of debts. She brought Kamani Tubes for 2.5 crore. Now, it is a growing business, worth more than $100m. Today she employs hundreds of people, from all backgrounds and castes and gives them life.
She does not hold a MBA from Harvard or Yale. But she is at the helm of a successful company, she rubs shoulders with prominent businessmen and has won awards for her professionalism.
By the way she is now one of the board member of Bharathiya Mahila Bank..
And here is Mrs. Kalpana Saroj, the self-made millionaire receiving the most deserving award Padmashree in field of Trade and Industries in 2013
Business apart,Kalpana Saroj has keen interest in Education.All the year round more than 2000 students are benefited through services rendered by institutions sponsored by her which provide library, hostel and financial help to the needy students.Kalpana Saroj works actively for the up-liftment of the Adivasis, destitute children, aged and infirm. She took up the cudgel against racism and caste discrimination. Kalpana Saroj’s efforts for the up liftment of the downtrodden masses has been eulogized in the local as well as international press and Television time and again.