Farzana was born and brought up in Jahangirpuri a backward colony in Delhi. She is 38 years old and has 5 children. There is a belief among the poor and uneducated Indians that girl should not be taught, hence she was deprived of education and could not go to school. On the other hand she learned weaving and hand Embroidery from her mother. Occasionally she would earn out it. . In those days she never thought that her hobby would one day become her career and the source of livelihood for her family.
She was married at the age of 19. Her husband is a professional tailor. Earlier he worked as assistant tailor at a shop. Both of them are highly ambitious thus they thought of starting their own garment business for which they required financial support which they received from Shikhar Microfinance Pvt. Ltd. First they started their business from their house and then slowly they rented a shop and started a readymade garments and men’s tailoring shop, which is looked after by Farzana’s husband. She even helps her husband by doing embroidery on dresses and earns Rs50-1000 depending on the amount of work done. They are earning well but now her only dream is to make her younger daughter an IPS officer as she is a very bright child. This daughter of theirs is learning martial arts and is their pride.
Farzana feels that starting her own enterprise has raised her social as well as economic status. She gives all the credit to Shikhar Microfinance. She adds Shikhar has been with her throughout her success period and wants it to stand by her side throughout her life time.