Entrepreneur At 94: Woman Follows Dream, Sells Organic ‘Besan Ki Barfi’
Harbhajan Kaur, 94, began her entrepreneurial journey four years ago. She was encouraged by her daughter to start the brand called ‘Harbhajan’s’. She makes organic besan ki barfi and her daughter sells them at the organic mandi in Chandigarh.
Harbhajan’s Dream Come True
At 94, Kaur, with three daughters, has shown the world that it is never too late to initiate a start-up. She recently named her brand ‘Harbhajan’s – Bachpan yaad aa jaaye’ to sell homemade sweets known to be a craze among Chandigarh’s organic food buffs.
Kaur began her entrepreneurial journey four years ago, with the encouragement she received from her daughter to start the brand called ‘Harbhajan’s’.
“Life is all about evolving. You will do new things only when you learn new things,” she says smilingly, proud to have a brand her daughter has designed for her.
Her daughter Raveena Suri who encouraged her to pursue her passion was quoted by Times of India saying, “She expressed one day that she has not earned a single penny from her own and her words struck to my heart. She is so talented and we never went to eat outside, not even a bar of chocolate as she cooks really well. Our childhood memories are related to besan ki barfi and that’s why I encouraged her to make them and sell them as well.”
Kaur’s besan ki barfi is her top-selling product and also the first item she ever sold commercially. “It started with an innocuous utterance by my mother when she turned 90. She had a burning desire to earn money on her own and that she regretted the fact that she was never self-reliant.” added her daughter Suri in an interview with The Tribune.
The first few boxes of Kaur’s besan ki barfi sweetmeats were first sold at a weekly organic market in Chandigarh when she was 90. Today Kaur works from home on orders and mainly prepares sweets and marmalades, pickles and chutneys.
“My signature remains my besan ki barfi,” says the 94-year-old, adding, “Life is all about evolving. You will do new things only when you learn new things,” she says smilingly, proud to have a brand her daughter has designed for her.
Kaur inherited the recipe from her father and now she’s planning to expand her business by adding more food items.
“It started with an innocuous utterance by my mother when she turned 90. She had a burning desire to earn money on her own and that she regretted the fact that she was never self-reliant.”
How Harbhajan Kaur Inspires Others
The story of this entrepreneur became viral when Anand Mahindra, Chairman of The Mahindra Group took to micro-blogging site Twitter and called her “entrepreneur of the year”. He was tagged on the site by another Twitter user Dr. Madhu Teckchandani, who shared the video story.
“Passion and determinations and will to do something in life have no age limitations,” says a Twitter user. “Thanks for sharing sir, this kind of videos will awake us from Inertia to Get-set-go and do something useful to self and society,’’ another user added. “It’s never told late, hats off to grandma.” commented a user.
Certainly, the inspiring woman is proof that age is no bar when it comes to following your dreams and passion.
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Gaurika Taneja is an intern with SheThePeople.TV