Dared to dream big
Vikas could have continued running his stalls without making any profits if he hadn’t dreamt big. But he dared to. Armed with determination, he decided to turn his dream into reality. He set up a shop in Talegaon and named it Suyog Gift gallery. However, he was in dire need of funds to purchase articles for sale.
Deceit and disappointment
The path less travelled is not always rosy but most often rocky. Vikas borrowed money from some private money lenders but suffered severe losses while paying the interest amount. Having burnt his fingers, he felt his ship was sinking. That’s when he decided to look for help.
|Ray of hope|
One fine day, he heard about deAsra on the radio. A smart entrepreneur never misses a good opportunity. Vikas quickly noted down the address and contact number and approached deAsra. He narrated his situation and expressed his need for finance. deAsra assisted him in getting a loan from Syndicate bank where he holds an account. Vikas could finally get a good number of articles for his gift shop.
Marching towards success
Slowly and steadily, Vikas has overcome each obstacle to finally establish a successful gift shop. His customers are mostly housewives and women who need to buy utensils and gift sets. He is now adding different items to his shop according to the season and different occasions. During festivals like Ganpati and Diwali, his shop gets a complete makeover with glittering lights and decorative items. Come monsoons, he welcomes the rains by adding umbrellas and raincoats to his shop. He makes fortnightly visits to Pimpri and Mumbai to purchase goods. He is fully supported by his wife who helps in running the shop.
deAsra helped Vikas kick-start his business dream. He is still in contact with the deAsra team who are always ready to lend him a helping hand. Vikas feels he can expand his business even more if the banks provide greater financial support.
Vikas has dreams in his eyes and determination in his heart. He has all the qualities required to be a good entrepreneur and we are sure he will go far in his business journey! As Ralph Waldo Emerson has said,
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.