SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
When TiE-Delhi NCR selected top 10 women entrepreneurs in India, Shazia Quaiser of Revival Shoe Laundry was one of the most revered in the list. Revival Shoe Laundry provides on-demand services like providing customised shoes and leather foot-wear, shoe cleaning, mending, customised shoe rack and also cleaning of other leather products, etc. Shazia Quaiser, a woman entrepreneur from Patna, Bihar, had started her entrepreneurial journey in 2014. From her childhood itself, she wanted to do something different; however, she could not get the opportunity. She got married soon after her graduation. Post marriage, she started working with W.H.O and UNICEF, but her zest for entrepreneurship never died.
Being the first generation entrepreneur, she faced a lot of difficulties in running the business. With very little margins, lack of appropriate technology and skill support, she needed someone to guide her.
In 2016, Shazia read about VenturePark and decided to join their incubation programme. Shazia submitted her business plan and successfully secured the opportunity to get incubated at VenturePark. The incubation centre transformed her thinking. She learnt innovative ways to scale-up her venture. She got exposure, visibility, networking support, co-working space, mentoring support in traits like accounting, marketing and sales, etc. Shazia also met successful entrepreneurs who encouraged her and their success story made her determination stronger.
At the time Shazia had associated with VenturePark, the monthly revenue of Revival Shoe Laundry was in a few thousand rupees. Today, it is running approximately in a lakh.
Today, Revival Shoe Laundry has got a decent customer database providing adequate patronage. The company is providing a source of income to over ten families from the weaker section of society. Shazia takes a special interest in providing training to women from the marginalised section so that they could also be self-dependent and support their families.