Thrissur: The women’s food court in Thrissur bagged award for best entrepreneurship in rural area instituted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences. National Rural Entrepreneurs Meet has selected Women’s Food Court for the national-level recognition.
The women’s food court was selected for the award for the successful operation of the restaurant promoting women empowerment. Global enterprises in Maharashtra and Green Truck Adventure in Assam won the second and third positons respectively. Only two business entities from Kerala were shortlisted for the award.
Women’s Food Court founded in 2014
The restaurant was established at Naduvilal, Thrissur in 2014. In the initial phase only 10 women were employed under this food court. At present 40 women found employment opportunity through this entity.
Women’s Food Court has set a perfect example for successful business by using government subsidy and grants. Chiramanegadu natives and brothers KP Ajay Kumar and KP Ashok Kumar established the hotel in 2014.
The brothers opened the food court after taking a loan of Rs 15 lakh from Canara Bank. The 10 women who were selected to run the hotel were named as entrepreneurs of the hotel.
25 per cent of the revenue were allotted to the common fund to meet the expense on rent, electricity bill, salary to staff and wage to co-ordinators. Entrepreneurs can take the rest of the income.
Training will be given to women selected as entrepreneurs. They will be assigned to various roles after the training session.
The food court started to serve non vegetarian food from 2015. The women entrepreneurs of Women’s Food Court became the backbone of their family. Most of them purchased new house and car after earning good profit from this business. Women who earned low wage in other sectors found a better option for livelihood with this food court. Now, they can give best education to their children and lead a peaceful life.
“We earn good income as there is no exploitation since we are the entrepreneurs,” said the women.
Apart from food business, the women engage in a couple of activities like yoga and personality development class during free hours at the food court.