‘‘I was so confused as to how we all remained very poor even though my dad worked very hard…’’
“My father worked as a daily labourer. As a kid, I used to see him go out for work every morning and then come back late into the night, exhausted to even utter a word to any of us. I was so confused as to how we all remained very poor even though he worked very hard day in and day out.
Very early, I realised that the guy he worked for treated him poorly and overburdened him with work. I decided then, when I was just 10, that one day I would own my own business and not work under anyone, treat my employees fairly and take care of them.
As I grew up, I decided to study catering and took up a catering job right afterwards in Qatar. I had a younger brother whose education I had to provide for as my father had become too old by then to work anymore. I stayed for around five years in Qatar, earning as much as I could and was sending money home to my brother to pay for his electronics engineering degree and to take care of our parents.
During all those years, the thought of owning my own shop was always at the back of my mind, and I saved up as much as I could for my shop.
I came back home in 2014. I started doing my own research into figuring out what sells here in my village. I decided that a mobile shop selling low-budget mobiles would be a hit here and, as it turned out, I wasn’t wrong. Over the years, I even learnt how to repair low-budget phones on my own. I have given new-life to phones that even big mobile repair showrooms gave up on. My business was churning out so much profit because I took complete care of the mobiles I sold, from ensuring fair prices to assured quality repair.
Recently I took a loan from Dvara KGFS to expand my stock base to also include mobile accessories because I saw high demand for the same. I received the loan money swiftly without much hassle, and it wasn’t long before my mobile accessories sales picked up. My business has now grown to a level that I can afford to hire a few men to assist me in running the business alongside me.
It finally feels like its’ all coming together. It did take me some time and few detours here and there, but I know that I’m so close to getting where I want to be.”