Business Ideas, People / Stories

From Failure to a 62 Crore Firm

How a guy who failed in 6th grade, went on to build a Rs 62-crore food company

While growing up in an illiterate farmer’s family in a remote part of Wayanad, Kerala, P.C. Mustafa did not have a lot of expectations.

By Venkatesha Babu | India Today Group – Mon 15 Jun, 2015 1:06 PM IST

P C Mustafa, founder, ID Special Foods.

P C Mustafa, founder, ID Special Foods.

While growing up in an illiterate farmer’s family in a remote part of Wayanad, Kerala, P.C. Mustafa did not have a lot of expectations. “I grew up in a remote village. There was lack of basic facilities. I was poor in studies and failed in Class VI.” This was just the shock he needed. As the reality of having to work on a farm if he did not study struck him, he decided to take another shot at educating himself. This time, he succeeded, and a few years later managed to join an engineering course at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. His first job was with Motorola in Bangalore. After some time, the company deputed him to the UK on a long-term project. “Maybe it’s my background, or whatever, I couldn’t live on a diet of potatoes there,” he says.

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