Veenaben displaying her grocery items
How 3rd grade educated Veenaben runs a successful grocery store
Though she only studied till the 3rd grade, Veenaben Khanna, group leader of Vasu Mahila Mandal, conducts her grocery business flawlessly. She can tell you about her customers, their addresses, phone numbers, accounting, and product distribution, all to the dot, just from memory.
She started her business with soaps, bed-sheets and detergent, which her husband would buy at wholesale prices from the market. They would make about Rs.3000, out of which Rs.1500 would go to buy new wholesale items. With her Milaap loan, she was able to add many more items to her inventory, like namkeen, dry fruits, papad, shampoos, creams, and oil. She also sells some expensive items like oil on credit, so her customers can conveniently pay back the amount in installments over 4 months.
At this point, her business does so well that all her family members are involved in it, whether it’s maintaining books or keeping stock.