She is now a successful businesswoman. She has received many awards for her work in the micro finance sector. In 2015, she won the Janaki Devi Bajaj award, and in 2017. She was nominated in the final selection of CII foundation’s women exemplar programme. She has received an award from President Pranab Mukherjee on April 27. The yearly turnover of her business is nearly Rs 37 lakh. Yes, she is Kana Mondal.
This is how a girl from the remote village of Aminpur in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas achieved this distinction through struggle and hard work.
Kana is also giving back to the society. She’s making women self-dependent by training 3,000 pupils under the skill development programme of the central government.
Kana was only 15 when her father, a tailor by profession and the sole bread earner in the family, passed away. Kana enrolled in a handicraft training program organised by the state government. She took the classes for 6 months. Then obtained a loan of Rs 1 lakh to start a business finally.
In 1999, Kana formed ‘Achena’ (Unknown), a self-dependent women’s group and started her business. She gave handicraft training to the village women and created handmade products. The women in the group stitched designs on saris and panjabis and visited crafts fairs organized in different districts.
Her business became bigger day by day. Along with running a fledgling business. Kana also passed her class 10 board exams from Deganga Adarsha Balika Vidyalaya during this time.