Wanted to start tailoring shop, ended up collecting scrap; A lady entrepreneur's story
Thodupuzha (Idukki): Though Leelamani wanted to start a tailoring shop, she didn’t have any money. But instead of blaming, she went on working as a scrap collector and became an entrepreneur. Now she is a warrior in the waste processing industry.
Kulamavu native Leelamani (54) is making a living by collecting scrap materials. She is a member of the Green Task Force. She started the venture after the government directed that Green Task Forces can start business enterprises by registering as a consortium.
Leelamani wanted to open tailoring shop as she knew tailoring. Since she did not get loan to start the venture, her dreams were shattered. It was then she went to a scrap shop to sell the materials collected after some works in her house and she thought of scrap business.
When she discussed her idea with the scrap dealer, he agreed to buy the collected items. Leelamani shared her idea with CDS chairperson who asked her to collect all scraps which are not collected by the Green Task Force.
With this, she started buying all types of scrap items for market price. As she did not have a weighing scale, it was hard to determine the price. Later, she realised that the people were uncomfortable with this. So, she bought a scale for Rs 860 and sales improved.
Leelamani manages to carry all scrap items and load them on the hired vehicles. Without depending on anyone, she makes Rs 8000 per month. It has been about 8 months since she started the venture. She named her enterprise ‘Sam Scrap Shop’. Now, she wishes to buy a vehicle and improve her business.