At 17, when most girls of her age were set to go to college for higher studies, she got married.
But Sarala Bastian did not wish to just be confined to her house. She wanted to do something on her own. She wanted to be independent and carve out an identify for herself.
“My father gave me the initial capital of Rs 15,000 to start a business in 2004. I started a mushroom farm in my backyard,” says Sarala. There has been no looking back since. .