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Women's Day Special: Meet This Industrious Woman Entrepreneur From Bhubaneswar


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08 March 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: Starting your business is like planting a sapling. First, you have to invest your time and money. Then, you must take care of it while expecting nothing in return. But when your startup blossoms, it makes all the patience and hard work worthwhile.

Nothing could be truer for the women entrepreneurs of today who are chartering unknown territories unabashedly and fearlessly. A number of women in Odisha have scripted their own success story in today's new age world.

On the eve of Women's Day, OMMCOM NEWS brings you the journey of a dynamic Odia woman who has unchained the restrictive dogmas and set benchmarks in her chosen field.

The story of Sunita Rout epitomizes a tale of strength, resilience and survival. After shifting from Delhi in 2014, Sunita started with a ladies parlour at Nayapalli area of Bhubaneswar. However, the beauty parlour venture did not capitalize and Sunita decided to prepare food and sell it.

‘Annapurna’ was Sunita’s brainchild which was started with a measly sum of Rs 2,000. In the beginning, she targeted office going youths and students who was catered with hygienic and neatly prepared meals at a reasonable price.

The taste and quality of food, variety in the cuisine, timely service and Sunita’s mannerisms saw her customers grow day in and day out. Today, she humbly boasts of hosting at least 100 customers in the locality.

“Our food is liked by one and all. Be it the youngsters, elderly, office staff or daily wagers, people from all strata enjoy of low-priced sumptuous meals. The veg-thali comes at Rs 40 and the non-veg chicken meals are priced at Rs 50,” said Sunita.

The hard-working entrepreneur earns a handsome sum of around Rs 40,000 in a month. However, the journey has not been all that easy for this woman. At least four independent women had supported her initially with logistics and manpower, but all of them quit midway. She single-handedly managed Annapurna ever since.

Today, she is supported in cooking and delivery by Basanti Mohapatra who shares a majority of the activities at this traditional catering house. The duo and their work has gained immense popularity in the locality and also inspired other women to live their dream of entrepreneurship.

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Sunita Rout, Entrepreneur

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Basanti Mohapatra, Entrepreneur

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Sasmita Pattnaik, Customer