Kalpana Saroj was born in 1961 to a poor Dalit family in Roparkheda, a small village in Akola district of Maharashtra. This woman has created a company worth crores of rupees by fighting many adversities. Kalpana’s father worked as a constable and he was paid 300 rupees a month. Kalpana lived in the police quarters with her 2 brothers, 3 sisters, grandparents and uncle.
Kalpana used to go to a government school. Being a Dalit, Kalpana has been neglected many times. Kalpana’s father married her when she was 12 years old and since the marriage Kalpana’s in-laws have been harassing her a lot. Kalpana further said in an interview that her in-laws would not even give her food and would grab her hair and beat her very cruelly and treat her worse than an animal.
Kalpana started working at the age of 16.
Kalpana moved to her uncle in Mumbai when she was 16 years old. Kalpana knew sewing very well, then Kalpana’s mama gave her a job in a textile mill. In this regard, Kalpana said that he knew how to operate the machine very well, but at that time he did not know why the machine did not work, so Kalpana was given the task of cutting the yarn and for this work. Kalpana gets two rupees every day. Then Kalpana works as a spinner for a few days, then she regains her composure and starts operating the machine, and then she starts earning Rs.
Imagination is the key to success.
In difficult times, Kalpana took a vow to eradicate poverty from her life. Kalpana thought that if she sews 4 blouses every day, she will get around 40 rupees and this money will also help a lot in housework. Kalpana started working very hard, working about 16 hours a day, Kalpana also added money and started helping her family members.
Kalpana borrowed Rs 50,000.
At the same time, Kalpana saw that there were plenty of opportunities and earnings in tailoring and boutique work and Kalpana realized it as a business. He then took a loan of Rs 50,000 under the ‘Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Scheme’ run by the Maharashtra government and then at the age of 22, started the business of Kalpana Furniture, where Kalpana also found success. Kalpana also opened a beauty parlor, after which she married a steel furniture dealer, but in 1989 her husband left the world, leaving the responsibility of a son and daughter to Kalpana.
Today, Kalpana owns a company with a turnover of Rs 500 crore.
In the bad days of Kalpana, those who knew his struggle and hard work became his fans and then he started getting recognition in Mumbai. Kalpana has been fighting for the company since 2000 and then in 2006 the court made her the owner of Kamani Industries. He modernized the company and gradually turned it into a for-profit company. Kalpana Saroj’s surprise is that today Kamani Tubes has become a company of more than 500 crores.
For this great achievement of Kalpana Saroj, she also received the Padma Shri award in 2013 and despite not having any banking background, the Government of India has included Kalpana Saroj in the Board of Directors of Bharatiya Mahila Bank. In addition, today owns dozens of companies like Kalpana Saroj KS Creations, Kalpana Builders & Developers, Kamani Steels, Kalpana Associates.
The daily turnover of these companies is also crores of rupees. Overall, Kalpana Saroj, who once earned two rupees a day, is now running an empire of around 700 crores.