Chandigarh: The CII Chandigarh Fair 2023 is not just a marketplace; it’s a celebration of women entrepreneurs who are making waves in traditionally male-dominated industries.
This year, the fair proudly showcases the extraordinary journeys of women entrepreneurs who have broken barriers and risen to prominence in their respective fields. Among these remarkable women are Tapasi Kundu, owner of “Bandel Handloom Developers,” who has played a pivotal role in promoting handwoven sarees and suits from West Bengal. With a workforce of 204 women, Tapasi strives to provide her children with quality education, defying the odds with her unwavering spirit. To all women planning to start their entrepreneurial journey, Tapasi suggests following the mantra “No risk, No gain.”
Moumita Dey, a solo woman entrepreneur, hails from Manick Tala and specializes in crafting eco-friendly ornaments. Her products include Parandis, jhumkas, brooches, jewellery sets, rings, and more, all created from unconventional materials such as cornflour, bamboo, chillam, and grass. Despite lacking family support, Moumita manages to outsource materials and design accessories single-handedly. Her indomitable spirit is evident when she says, “Agar raste par chalna hai toh koi na koi dikkat to ayegi hi, but I do it all alone with a smile.”
Babita Banerjee, another solo woman entrepreneur from Paschim Putiary, is the driving force behind Poly Industries, which specializes in crafting jute and leather goods and contemporary handicrafts. She runs her workshop from her home and is associated with the FMBM Foundation (For Me & by Me), actively supporting women empowerment and women entrepreneurs in Kolkata.
CII Chandigarh Fair is not just a showcase; it’s a platform for women entrepreneurs to create networks, empower each other, and support the next generation. These women have formed networks, some with Self Help Groups, to mentor and uplift other aspiring women entrepreneurs. These inspiring women entrepreneurs are not just contributing to economic growth but also inspiring others to dream big, from urban to rural areas. Their stories reflect the changing landscape of entrepreneurship in India, where women break stereotypes and take the lead.