Q. Ranu, Please tell something about your childhood?
Ans. I was born with a silver spoon. My family kept me like a princess. Most of my childhood was spent at my maternal grandmother’s home. Since my childhood my mother taught me to be independent and to have my own opinions and thoughts. One of the most important things that I have been learning since my childhood is always to be grateful. I have always been a fun-loving and a kind hearted person. My schooling was targeted towards what I hoped to be.
I had an amazing school life. I still remember when I used to keep boy cut hairstyle, nobody used to look at me but when I scored around 96% marks everybody started appreciating me. I was very active in sports in my school and had won many prizes.
Initial two years of my graduation were good. I got to know about my father’s disease when I was giving my final exam. I was in a deep shock but my mother and my brother kept me motivated. Finally, the time had come when I had to go to Delhi for my post graduation. It was one of the most expensive colleges with students from very rich families. And I didn’t even have a cell phone. I still remember when I was asked to give my introduction and when I told that I am from Indore, they all asked, “Is it a Village?”
Their attitude had changed when I became Ms Fresher and secured 2nd position in the academics. God had always been kind to me.
Q. Did you always have this intention of becoming an entrepreneur/ social entrepreneur and why?
Ans. Yes, I always wanted to be an Entrepreneur as I had seen Entrepreneurship in my family. And here is why I choose to become a social entrepreneur:
Life was going smooth around 13 years ago. One fine day we got to know that our father has been detected with the dreadful disease Cancer. It shook the whole family as me and my younger brother was studying and our father was the only earning member of the family.
He fought against the disease for 9 years but he passed away around 4 years ago. That day I decided to do something for the needy cancer patients. One year ago on January 10, 2016 I had started an NGO, My Sanika Cancer Care Society.
Q. What were the challenges in front of you?
Ans. The most difficult part was to build the trust as people don’t trust NGOs that easily. Another difficult challenge was to make my family realize that whatever I am doing will impact people’s life.
Q. Were their certain specific challenges due to your being a woman?
Ans. Being a mother while running your own organization and working in an IT company was very challenging. Entrepreneurship has been dominated by males. The biggest obstacle women face is societal discrimination.
Q. How did you overcome these challenges?
Ans. We kept our accounts open to all those who started getting associated with us. We wanted to make sure that all the money is being used correctly.
Mompreneurs have dual responsibilities but my husband supported me a lot and that’s the reason I could achieve so much within one year.
Q. In what manner did you get the support of your family?
My husband always supports me and my family has also started supporting me. My husband and my both the families are always present with me in all the events. They help in all the planning and preparations.
My husband always motivates me to do better and inspires me a lot.
Q. Who do you look up to?
Ans. After our father’s disease, my mother took a bold step and started handling the business along with taking care of our father and the entire family. We had spent a lot of money in his treatment but still she sent me to Delhi to study in one of the most expensive institutions of India. She took a loan for this. She is a true inspiration.
Q. When have you been most satisfied in your life?
Ans. When we helped our first needy cancer patient in April 2016 by raising funds through a painting competition for kids.
Q. What would you like to tell to the women who want to follow their dreams? Any specific tip that you want to give to the women who stay at home but want to make it big.
Ans. Entrepreneurship gives you a lot of freedom. You can make your own decisions and can set your own schedule. Being an entrepreneur you pick the work you like to do and that makes the most of your strengths and skills. The result can be more than a job satisfaction.
Entrepreneurship is an ideal model for women to launch themselves and their ideas into the business world. Multitasking has been in your blood since ages. By opting a path of entrepreneurship you can adjust and manage household and business life successfully on your own terms.
So guys, go for it without any fear. Never give up!
Q. What is that one habit of yours that you think has helped you a lot in becoming a success?
Q. What’s the best part of the next thing you’re doing? What’s that you are excited about?
Ans. We are coming up with the business model to scale up My Sanika. We have decided to give 50% of its profit to My Sanika.
Q. What is that one sentence/ word/ quote that describes you the best?
Q. Please give any specific information about how can readers contribute for your NGO.
Ans. We want more and more people to get associated with us and help us in taking this noble endeavor further. We are also looking for the corporate tie-ups so that we can help more patients.
Ranu Jain Gupta is touching lives, she gives hope to the people in distress. Along with all her good deeds for society, she also takes care of her family and kid. She is a proud Indian woman who inspires us to take up challenges, not only for ourselves but for others too.
If SHE Can, YOU Can!