If you thought you’re too old to have dreams or do anything about them, it’s time you think again. A 94-year-old grandmother from Chandigarh is setting new goals of inspiration! Four years ago, Harbhajan Kaur’s daughter, Raveen Suri, decided to help her build her entrepreneurial dream. At the age of 90, she sold her first-ever besan barfi at a local organic market and made her first income of Rs 2,000. Soon, Harbhajan Kaur pursued her skill professionally and became the proud owner of Harbhajan’s, her very own besan barfi startup.
“I can cook”
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Hello everyone! I hope you and your family are keeping healthy and safe during such times 🙏 This too shall pass. . I have recieved alot of messages and requests over the months regarding orders and safety. Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement. . Happy to announce we are open to taking orders! DM for further details. .Rab Rakha 🧿
Harbhajan Kaur’s entrepreneurial journey began when her daughter asked her if she had any grudges in life. The 90-year-old grandmother said she regretted not having ever earned a single penny. What turned things around was her response when her daughter asked her if she’d like to do something about it now. “I can cook,” she said, and these three words marked the beginning of a historic journey. Harbhajan began making barfis, chutneys, and pickles to sell at the local market.
The establishment of Harbhajan’s was supported by her granddaughter who helped with branding, packaging, and even the tagline – Bachpan yaad aajae. Over the last four years, Harbhajan Kaur has made over 500 kilograms of barfi in batches of five to 10 kilograms. Not only that, she even made 200 kilograms of barfi when her granddaughter got married just two months ago and asked for her nani‘s speciality! What adds the icing to this besan barfi startup cake is the fact that Harbhajan does it all on her own. She doesn’t even accept help from her daughters and sources all her ingredients like ghee, flour, nuts, and sugar from organic markets, whenever possible.
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Behind the scenes during the 'Mithai Preparation' for my grand-daughter's @o_dream_weaver wedding in November 2019 💞 I am glad I could fulfill her desire of "Naniji's – Handmade Barfi, Achaars and Chutney's" to be given along the wedding invitations ☺️ . . #homemade #besanbarfi #chutneys #achaar #sharbats #harbhajans #sweets #mithai #madewithlove
‘Entrepreneur of the year,’ says Anand Mahindra
Earlier this year, her story was even shared by business tycoon Anand Mahindra:
When you hear the word ‘start-up’ it brings to mind images of millennials in Silicon Valley or Bengaluru trying to build billion dollar ‘unicorns.’ From now on let’s also include a 94 yr old woman who doesn’t think it’s too late to do a start-up. She’s my entrepreneur of the year https://t.co/N75BxK18z4
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 7, 2020
Harbhajan Kaur’s story is definitely one that should be noted and remembered for years to come. There are moments where all of us feel low and think it’s too late to pursue our dreams. But, in all moments of self-doubt, remember Harbhajan’s and the woman behind this startup. If this isn’t inspiration, we don’t know what is.
BRB, gotta dig out my business plans now.
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