India is the land of myriad arts and traditions. While some art forms are alive, some are on the verge of extinction. Patch work quilting was one such form of art. Sunita, with her passion for sewing, adopted it and turned it into a marvelous business that’s helping underprivileged women lead an independent life! Sunita had recently shifted to Mysore. She was struck by the idea of training downtrodden women in patch work quilting. Determined and passionate, she founded Indian Yards in January 2014.
Her sole aim was to help these women become financially independent and give life to the dying art form of patch work quilting. Today, the quilts manufactured by Indian Yards are finding buyers not just in India but overseas as well. With six employees, Indian Yards is a budding enterprise. Interestingly, Sunita is being approached by a large number of women who want to learn the art of patch work quilting. Though, Sunita is faced with financial challenges and infrastructural complexities her spirit to empower these women remains high.
Winning INR 2.5 Lakhs from Intuit’s Small Biz Local Buzz contest has her hopes soaring to take this venture to a new level. “I was at a very unhappy stage when I had to refuse the ladies who wanted to get trained on this art form. This prize money will help me expand, buy more machines and extend just the support I needed to train more women,” says an overwhelmed Sunita! When asked for a piece of advice that she would like to give to other small business owners, she said, “Perseverance is the key to success. Don’t think about the money when you own a start-up. Just follow your passion and things will work.” We salute Sunita for her unabashed spirit and hope that this grant will help her business grow!