Priti Hinge is the only carpenter in her village. Ignoring the snide gossip about her, she runs a successful furniture showroom.
Since childhood, Priti Hinge Maharashtra’s Wathoda Village wanted to be something different. She used to watch the men doing all sorts of work like carpentry, masonry and building work and she would tell her father that she also wanted to work in something like that. Her father who was a carpenter was abused by his daughter’s different aspirations and he would bring her along with him when he went to work. He taught her the basics of carpentry.
Later Priti established her own furniture showroom and made furniture on her own. She would often get snide comments about her and how carpentry is a man’s work. But she ignores all these and focuses on her work. She is a mother of three and her daughters today are nine, five, and three years old.
Priti recently decided to improve her skills by signing up for a 15-day business development workshop at The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), a premier organisation of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and part of the Skill India mission. According to Priti, this workshop was very helpful. Today, Priti is applying the skills she learned, and the business is growing.
Priti’s husband who was first not so happy about her job is now extremely supportive and even helps her with the job. Priti wants to leave her furniture showroom to her youngest daughter who is already showing interest in carpentry.
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