SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
This is a story that might find resonance across the length and breadth of India. Kiran Rayakvar is today, a self-made woman, thanks to her passion and the support provided by the Stand-Up India Scheme. Kiran’s family was not earning enough to make both ends meet. As she was educated and qualified, she was supplementing the family income by teaching young children in the neighborhood. But, deep in her heart, there was a dream to do something of her own.
Kiran was an M.A/M.S.W and diploma holder in fashion designing. Her wish was to open her boutique, but the lack of resources and support never allowed her to realise this dream.
Stand-Up India not only made her 20-year-old dream come true, but has brought a happy and remarkable change in the life of twenty other aspiring females. Kiran heard of the Stand-Up India Scheme from TV. She initiated and took her first move by sending an online application to the nearby bank for a loan under the Scheme. She was pleasantly surprised to get it within ten days.
Kiran is today, running a complete garment unit at Rajpura, Burhanpur, situated at a distance of half a km from her home. She and her team are working on school uniforms and costume designs. She has a team of 20 women who are working for her. She thinks of them as her extended family.
Today, Kiran’s husband has left his job and supporting her team in this flourishing garment business. Wearing a shy smile, Kiran says that Stand-Up India not only changed her life but has brought happiness to 20 more families.