"My family conditions were such that I could not afford higher education and was married off at a very early age. My husband was not employed and I had two children to take care of and this only worsened as the responsibilities grew. After years of struggling, I sought a job in a beauty parlour hoping to make ends meet. I was the sole breadwinner of the family and gradually started providing for my in-laws too. With two years of experience to my credit, I realised that the only path to financial stability was through starting my own parlour. Considering the risk, I set up my own parlour. Operating out of a single room, the equipment was basic and I worked long hours as I could not afford appointing an assistant. I would even offer door-to-door services just to make enough to match the expenditure incurred. The business was not always stable and I would often lose clients because I could not offer more advanced or high-end services.
In early in 2018, Pratham's coordinator met me and briefed me about the Entrepreneurship program supported by IDFC FIRST Bank. Recognising this as an opportunity for growth, I immediately availed a grant of 30,000 INR and went through Pratham’s beauty and enterprise management training which was immensely helpful. The money allowed me to purchase advanced equipment, mirrors and shelves and a large set of cosmetics and consumables. With my revamped setup and improved skill set, I feel a new kind of confidence. This program has helped me get closer to my dreams, helped me stand on my own feet. Every woman should get this opportunity to make something of their lives and become independent.
Thank you IDFC FIRST Bank for helping me regain my confidence."
- Maya Jadhav
Women entrepreneur and owner of Sangita Beauty Parlour