By | Deven Lad | www.theweekendleader.com
At the helm of six companies – Kamani Tubes Limited, Kamani Steel Re-Rolling Mills Pvt Ltd, Saikrupa Sugar Factory Pvt Ltd, Kalpana Builders & Developers, Kalpana Saroj & Associates, and KS Creations Film Production – Kalpana Saroj employs 600 people and the combined turnover of her business empire is estimated at over Rs 2,000 crore annually.
But Kalpana did not get all of this on a platter. On the contrary, faced with the most difficult situations as a child, she braved the odds to emerge as a successful entrepreneur.
“I was married off in childhood,” says Kalpana. Born in 1958 to a lower middle-class family, Kalpana lived in Maharashtra’s Akola district where her father was a police constable. She lived with her parents and four siblings – two brothers and two sisters.
Pushed into marriage after her Class seven, she came to Thane’s Ulhasnagar slum, where her husband’s family lived in a 10×5 ft room with 12-15 people living under the same roof. Kalpana had never seen a slum before.