can do-it-all! Whether it's a small business, multinational
corporations or simply creating a niche for themselves in
male-dominated industries, women have reached dizzying heights through
struggle and perseverance.
Where every woman dreams of being
independent and self-sufficient, Niyogin as an NBFC lends a strong
support to these dreams of women entrepreneurs in the SME space in India.
With the changing tides, there are many
stories which showcase the grit and confidence of today's Indian woman.
As we celebrate this new era of gender
equality and mutual respect, let us look at a curated list of
6 inspiring Indian women who have set new benchmarks in their industries.
Chairman-Kamani Tubes | President-Bhartiya Mahila Bank
A heart-wrenching tale and a prime example of how SME
funding can give wings to your business dreams. She availed
business loans scheme for dalits offered by the Indian government. She
heard an ad on the radio when she was recovering from traumas of child
marriage, victim of abuse at the hands of her then-husband,
discrimination and poverty.
She turned her life around investing the money in building a
tailoring unit and building her empire from there step by step.
She is now the Chairman of Kamani and has a net worth of almost $112 million*
(*source credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Naina Lal Kidwai
Former Country-Head - HSBC, President -FICCI
Intelligent and born-leader are only
some of the adjectives that describe Naina Lal Kidwai,
A chartered accountant and the first
Indian woman to have an MBA degree from Harvard.
First woman to head a foreign bank. She
was also the first ever woman president of FICCI.
An advocate of women empowerment, she
wrote a book to chronicle the lesser-known women who have risen to
power ‘30 CEOs in power’*
(*source credit: www.wikipedia.org, www.livemint.com)
Chairman - Biocon technologies
Non-traditional in true sense. Kiran
became a “brewmaster” just like her father. Facing discrimination she
turned to entrepreneurship. She built Biocon in India with only Rs
10,000* and challenges to build her now $3.2 billion* empire, not
without challenges albeit.
She found it hard to get a loan being a
woman and also building a team as no one wanted to work for lady boss.
(*source credit: www.wikipedia.org, www.forbes.com)
Abandoned by her family and husband
Sindhutai had to resort to begging to survive. She came across other
abandoned and orphaned children, she decided to adopt them eventually
coming to be known as the “mother of orphans”. She has 1200* such
adopted children, and her efforts continue to help the under-privileged.
(*source credit: www.esamskriti.com)
Sandheepa chain of restaurants
Sole provider for her family, she
started by selling snacks at Marina Beach in Chennai.
She and her son then went on to open a
restaurant named after her late daughter Sandeepha.
The business grew and now she is a
recipient of FICCI Woman of the year and Devi Award.
(*source credit: www.thebetterindia.com)
Engineering student turned entrepreneur.
Zivame, an online lingerie store that is
thoughtful enough to package deliverables discreetly without showing
the product description or branding. In an industry cluttered with
competition, Richa used her insights to make women comfortable in
making purchases. A business decision aimed at making women's intimate
wear more accessible was well appreciated by women audiences as well
as the industry.
(*source credit: www.thebetterindia.com)
Niyowomen is an initiative of niyogin to celebrate the women who have
achieved wonders in their respective business fields, as an employee,
social activities and entrepreneurs. This is the first blog in the multiple series,
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business loans to MSME's across India.
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