Female entrepreneurship is vital for our future. Collectively we can make a change by closing the gap between men and women in the workforce.
Entrepreneurs are those adventurous, daredevils who drive deep into the pressing problems of society and try to find solutions to them, not by leaving the responsibilities in the reins of the government or business, but by trying to change systems as a whole and persuading societies to take new initiatives
India being a growing economy is a hotspot for young entrepreneurs. With a large population of more than 130 crores, businesses all over the world see it as a potential destination for establishing a start-up. For years, males dominated the business industry, leaving less or no room for females. But the trend has changed now. More and more women are jumping into the business and many have successfully established globally renowned brands. Creating job opportunities for a large number of people, the women have braved the societal pressures and stereotypes to come up with the solutions that are far more reliable and innovative.
recent years, Maharashtra has witnessed an increase in women-owned businesses in fields such as household Industry, fashion, farming, IT, manufacturing, oil, and more. The development has broken the gender stereotype where women are depicted as weaker and incapable.
These bold and fearlessly ambitious entrepreneurs are shaping the future of Maharashtra, serving as mentors to millions of women and youths.
In our Entrepreneur series today we are introducing you a very dynamic and popular Entrepreneur of Panvel who is known for her remarkable and outstanding performance in the field of Food Industry who always believes in Women Empowerment. Yes we are talking about Sonal Amol Loharikar, she shared her Entrepreneurial journey with Hello Mumbainews.com reporter Sejal Bhise
Startup Name : SDF Production Pvt Ltd
Founder : Sonal Amol Loharikar
Founded in 2017
Startup Headquarter : Panvel
Sonal’s husband was working in Dubai. So she was also there too. While living in Dubai she always felt the lack of her Maharashtrian Food. Everyone living in abroad feels the same and that’s why she started doing Diwali Faral, masale, modak business in Dubai. She makes farals of 80-90 kgs each. Her business started getting good response. While she was busy with her business her husband fell ill and his health was deteriorating, so she left everything and returned India. Within few days her husband died. She was completely shocked while the two children’s were in the womb. Sonal was completely exhausted but stood up again thinking of the children.
Even after coming to India, she sent faral from India to Dubai for two years. But it was little annoying to do. So she formed her own team in Dubai, gave them full training and this work is still going on today. In the same year she exported about 14,000 Modaks. Sonal was working on and overcoming every situation that came in her way.
In 2017, Sonal and Mitesh Murudkar formed a company named SDF Production Pvt. Ltd. This company exports fruits and vegetables from India and good products from India. Both were novices when they started this business. During this journey they faced many problems. Even many people ridiculed them. But when they exported 100 metric tons of Nagpur oranges, all get surprised. Sonal and her team forced everyone to take notice. She was praised in all the newspapers. Sonal was the first to export oranges from Nagpur. Government of India also appreciated her. They learned many things from the difficulties they faced. After this unprecedented success, Sonal’s spirits soares and she never looked back.