She didn't have full support from her family, cash was hard to find, and she needed to battle in a male-ruled business climate, however Shamim Ara Dipa didn't abandon her youth fantasies about accomplishing something exceptional all alone.
Today, the proprietor of Rahela Jute Craft drives a little yet consistently developing venture that represents considerable authority in making items from jute textures for both nearby and fare markets.
She has two industrial facilities – one in Jhenaidah and the other in Dhaka. She opened two showrooms, both situated in the capital's Bijoy Sarani region.
She sends out items to nine nations, including India, China, Nepal, Thailand, Canada, Italy and Hong Kong. She utilizes in excess of 200 ruined ladies as laborers.
"I generally needed to accomplish something novel," the business person disclosed to The Daily Star
She had been style cognizant from her youth. "I used to plan and make my dress when I was an understudy in the eighth grade. I got a kick out of the chance to make extraordinary things."
Dipa set out to emerge her fantasies in 2003, when she went to her first preparing.
Her little girl planned to class in Dhaka at that point and her better half, at that point a senior supervisor of a significant business gathering, requested her to give her opportunity to taking consideration from the family.
She ensured that the family ran well. She would drop her little girl at school or an instructing focus and covertly partake in preparing programs.
She began by selling hand-planned woven textures. She would purchase plain textures, plan them all alone and sell them among acquittances and family members.
She brought in some cash and got her first sewing machine in 2009 subsequent to discovering that it would not bring a lot of achievement. She changed to jute textures.
At that point, Dipa, who finished confirmation on style plan from the National Institute of Fashion and Technology in 2006, was the solitary laborer. She planned the item, made them, showcased and offered them to shops in business sectors and fairs.
In 2011, she took an interest in a reasonable and had great deals, which permitted her to purchase additionally sewing machines and utilize two perpetual staff.
From that point forward, there was no thinking back.
Presently, she has 15 lasting laborers. Another 200 ladies telecommute, and when they finish their items, they supply them to the workplace and get installments.
Her principle industrial facility is situated close to Arappur transport remain in Jhenaidah region town. She named the organization after her relative as she caused her a ton along the way.
Things like panjabi, shoe, record organizer, PC sack, office pack, vanity sack, handbag, school sack, understudy pack, basic food item pack and shopping packs are produced using jute textures.
The jute service and the SME Foundation sent examples of her items to different fairs in different nations. She additionally participates in such fairs under their plans. These assisted her with broadening her impression in unfamiliar business sectors.
Dipa didn't get a lot of help from banks, at any rate in the initial seven years of her business.
The overseeing overseer of a state-run bank visited a preparation program of the Small and Cottage Industries Training Institute (SCITI) in Uttara under the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in 2011. The CEO had said that the loan specialist would loan Tk 1 lakh to planned business people with no insurance.
In like manner, Dipa, who was additionally a member at the preparation, went to a part of the bank, yet she needed to restore with nothing as it didn't give the cash.
She got her first advance in 2017, when Sonali Bank gave her Tk 50,000. This was after a nearby companion in Jhenaidah who is likewise rich and persuasive gave the assurance.
The bank has expanded a money credit advance office of Tk 5 lakh.
The business person brought about a gigantic misfortune because of the pandemic, yet she has no administration uphold as of now.
She had moved toward Sonali Bank to make sure about credits from the public authority's upgrade bundles for little makers. With the cash, she needed to pay the wages and rewards of her laborers during the pandemic as her funds dried in view of the drop in deals brought about by the pandemic-instigated lockdown.
In any case, the bank said she needed to keep security to get the advances.
"I work with 200 impeded ladies. I had been without work orders for a quarter of a year due to the pandemic-initiated lockdown. However, the bank didn't tune in," Dipa said.
In September a year ago, non-bank monetary establishment IDLC Finance loaned her Tk 10 lakh.
She traded jute products worth Tk 8 lakh in 2020, down from Tk 20 lakh to Tk 22 lakh for every annum a long time before the pandemic.
Notwithstanding the pandemic, she has not laid off a solitary specialist and paid the full three months' pay rates despite the fact that they didn't work during the period.
"I needed to take a great deal of torments to build up their abilities. My items are special. On the off chance that I lay them off, I won't get talented laborers like them."
"Dipa is a genuine business visionary. She thinks in an unexpected way," said Saidul Karim Mintoo, leader of the Jhenaidah Chamber of Commerce.
Dipa plans to set up a manufacturing plant on her own territory as the current one is situated on a leased property.
She has been going after for a very long time to tie down a plot at the BSCIC in Jhenaidah to set up an industrial facility where 300 to 400 ladies laborers would be straightforwardly utilized.
"I have not surrendered trust. I may get a huge request from Canada. In the event that I get the request, I will have some cash. At that point, I will resuscitate the endeavors to make sure about the plot at the BSCIC."
Dipa is presently reinforcing her quality on the advanced stage. Her better half, who has resigned, and their girl presently help her run advanced showcasing.
Dipa has a major dream: "I need to send out my items to each nation on the planet."