Vijayawada

Migrant housewife taps skill to turn entrepreneur

J. Lakshmi   | Photo Credit: T_ APPALA NAIDU

The tale of J. Lakshmi of Machilipatnam is testimony to how one can become a successful entrepreneur.

Two decades ago, Ms. Lakshmi’s family had migrated to the city of destiny, Visakhapatnam, in search of livelihood. As she did not find a good job, she had to try her luck with the talent she had been blessed with: preparation of pickles.

“I used to prepare various varieties of pickles for the locals in Visakhapatnam during my beginning days. As years passed on, I had mastered the preparation of a dozen varieties of pickles, which brought me money and fame,” a humble Ms. Lakshmi told The Hindu.

She could afford to buy a house in Machilipatnam with her savings and thus returned to her own soil four years ago.

“I passed class VII. My mother taught me how to prepare the pickles. The art has been my survival strategy.

The home-made pickles are sought after by nearly 70 customers from across the U.S. and Indian cities.”

She proudly said she had promised work for three women who were desperately in need of work and her monthly business turnover exceeds ₹50,000.

In the ongoing summer alone, she had prepared two varieties of pickles with 10,000 mangoes and the entire stock had been sold out. “I have received orders for mango pickles even before I started preparing it. All the varieties can be stored for one year.

“Mango, gonkura and lemon have great demand,” she said.

She said she did not want to leave her customers in Visakhapatnam disappointed. “I have a branch there,” said Ms. Lakshmi.


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