My Story: I Was Earning 5 Rs/Day Now I Have A Company With A Turnover Of 1 Crore

The Logical Indian Crew

November 1st, 2017 / 10:58 AM

“Until 1981, I used to work as a rag picker on the streets of our city for a living, earning Rs 5 per day. I would begin my day at the crack of dawn. I would pick up large gunny collection bag to collect and unearth recyclable materials from other people’s waste. And at the end of the day I would sell the waste to a scrap dealer. I was the only bread earner in the family. It was in the year 1981 when I met Elaben Bhatt, the founder of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), and my life changed, She suggested me that I should form a women’s co-operative who would offer cleaning services.

So initially I started Shri Saundarya Safai Utkarsh Mahila Sewa Sahkari Mandali Ltd (SSSUMSSML) with 40 women rag pickers. Once founded, it took me five years to get the cooperative registered by the authorities as we were not selling any product but a service. Our first work opportunity came from the National Institute of Design(NID), this was followed by other institutes like the Physical Research Laboratory(PRL) and Indian Institute Of Management Ahmedabad(IIM-A). Today, the cooperative employs 400 members, majority of whom are former rag pickers, and provides cleaning services to 45 institutions and societies in Ahmedabad. In addition to this, we have also offered services during the Vibrant Gujarat summits. The workers go through repeated intermittent training, learning new efficient safer techniques.

The majority of the cleaning women are former paper pickers. Their gunny collection bags are now replaced with modern equipment including road cleaners, vacuum cleaners, high-jet pressure, micro-fiber mops, floor cleaners, carpet shampooing machines, scrubbers and extractors. My next target is to make illiterate women tech-savvy, to ensure that they can understand the e-tendering process. Thirty five years ago I used to earn at most a measly amount of rupees 5 a day. Now, almost three decades later, I am heading a cleaners’ cooperative with a stunning turnover of 1 crore per annum. So this is my story from “Rags to Riches”.

Any Message?
Hard work with the combination of good intentions and belief in God can take you to places.”


Submitted By – Pray Bavishi

If you too have an inspiring story to tell the world, send us your story at [email protected] OR WhatsApp Us at 8892 1200 30


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Related Stories

Vikas Nalawade Swades Foundation

My Story: From Working At A Vada Pav Cart In Mumbai To Earning Rs 50k Per Month, This Is How An NGO Helped Me

HDFL Donation BJP Cobrapost

Cobrapost Expose: Company Accused Of Siphoning Off Rs 31,000 Crore Donated 19.5 Crore To BJP

Unpaid Work Women Oxfam

Unpaid Work Done By Women Across The Globe Is 43 Times The Turnover Of Apple: Oxfam Study

59 minute loan

Company Behind PM Modi’s 59-Minute-Loan Scheme For MSMEs Not A Private Company: SIDBI

Kalpana Saroj

My Story: I Have had An Unbelievable Journey, From A Dalit Child-Bride To An Owner Of A Multi-Million Dollar Company

Piyush Goyal’s Wife’s Company Received Unsecured Loan From Company That Defaulted On Rs 650 Crore: Report

Latest on The Logical Indian

Health

From Losing Her Husband To Healing Hundreds Of Others, Dimple Parmar Is A Ray Of Hope For All Cancer Patients

World Affairs

Oil Prices Soar By 10% After Attacks On Saudi Reserves

World Affairs

‘Will Go Nuclear’, Pak PM Imran Khan Warns India, Muslim Nations Ask To Tone Down Rhetoric

News

Air India Posts Rs. 4600 Crore Operating Loss In 2018-19 Due To High Oil Prices, Aims Profit This Fiscal Year

News

Maharashtra ‘Plans’ First Detention Centre In Navi Mumbai, More States To Follow

News

Rajasthan Transport Authorities Cancel Dead Man’s Driving License

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.