Munni Devi, is a passionate entrepreneur who has been single-handedly running an Agarbatti (Incense stick) business from a small village of Bodhgaya block in Bihar. Being illiterate and someone with no technical knowledge, her passion and zeal to run the business was rare and exceptional. As Munni Devi’s husband was unable to provide the required financial support to the family, she always wanted to earn and support the family. She believes that although she was uneducated and had never been to school, she had the ability to learn new skill very quickly.
Once during a visit to a relative’s house, she saw an incense (Agarbatti) making machine and learned to make it within a day. Since that day, she dreamt of starting the business of making Agarbattis. Her dream turned into reality when she met Sanoj Kumar, CRP-EP (Community Resource Person-Enterprise Promotion) under SVEP (Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Program) during his visit to an entrepreneurship orientation meeting in her SHG. He guided her in understanding the viability of the business and sources of funds for the starting the business.
She got a second-hand machine from the relative’s house at the cost of 1 lakh which helped her in reducing the project cost. With the help of Sanoj, she put forward her idea of starting the Agarbatti business along with a business plan with a project cost one lakh eighty-four thousand in SHG and as well as in VO meeting. As a result, CLF (Cluster level federation) of Jeevika approved to offer rupees of 1 Lakh to her to start the business. Investing remaining amount of money from her savings, she finally managed to start her Agarbatti enterprise in her home. Currently, she is making Agarbattis by procuring the necessary raw materials from nearby market and selling the product to the trader in the nearby market. She thinks that her journey has just begun and she should expand her business from production to marketing under her own brand name. She is grateful to the CRP-EP, Sanoj Kumar and people of her SHG and Cluster who supported her to start this venture.