Kanchan Parulekar, 70, runs Swayamsiddha, an organization based in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and has helped more than 20,000 women entrepreneurs in a span of 29 years.
Born in a poor family in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Kanchan Parulekar had a difficult childhood. But she worked hard, studied and got a job in a school. After some time she left the school job and started working in the bank, but when she got a promotion, she had to leave the job at the same time and today she is running the self-styled organization.
Actually, Kanchan wanted to do something for the society since childhood. His father worked as a social reformer during the 1950s and 60s. Seeing his father working for the society, this dream was also in his mind since childhood.
His mother was a tailor and father a social worker, who fought for basic amenities like education, water and health across Maharashtra. None of the family members had a degree, but their thinking was ahead of its time.
The effect of his thoughts was that even from childhood, Kanchan’s view of the world was different from the rest of the children. Even while living in a small chawl, he always had a dream of doing something big for others and his dream was fulfilled through Swayamsiddh Sanstha.
One speech changed the fate of Kanchan
When Kanchan was only 11 years old, she gave a speech for the first time, whose topic was ‘Health problems of women’. At that time, Dr. V. T. Patil, the founder of the Swayamsiddha Sanstha, was also present in the audience. He was stunned to see such a big thinking of that little girl. Dr. Patil’s organization worked for the upliftment of women and also ran a school. Now Dr. Patil took up the responsibility of Kanchan’s education as well and admitted her to the school.
Kanchan also completed her studies with great effort and started teaching in the same school. Along with this, she also gave full support to Dr. Patil’s organization. After some time he got a job in a good bank, but he never left social service.
After working in the bank for 14 years, he was promoted to the post of manager. But at the same time Dr. Patil died. She did not want to let the dream and organization of the father who took care of Kanchan by becoming her father, educated her and made her capable. That’s why he left the job and took the reins of the Swayamsiddh Sanstha in his own hands.
It was not easy to connect women with axiom
Now Kanchan had only one aim, to make every woman of India capable. But this is in the 1990s and making women self-reliant at that time was not an easy task, but Kanchan did not give up. She started teaching skills like sewing, embroidery, handicraft, catering, making dry snacks to the women of the city.
At the same time, she started teaching things like poultry farming, beekeeping, organic farming to the women of the village. Seeing each other, learning from each other’s example, women from everywhere started joining Swayamsiddha Sanstha and today, thanks to Kanchan, many women of the city have started their work and are earning up to Rs.2 lakh per month.
At the same time, many women in the villages are earning Rs 10 to 70 thousand by starting different types of work. The journey of Kanchan Parulekar, which started at the age of 42, has reached today at the age of 70 and has become a success not only for Kanchan but for thousands of women as well.
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