Rajesh Naik: "Being a sponsored child has allowed me to create my own business"

  • He has patented the "All Nature" brand of ayurvedic facial and hair products

Rajesh grew up in a small village near Guntakal, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Being a son of farmers, it was difficult for him to study as he had to help their parents. However, the fact of becoming a sponsored child from the Vicente Ferrer Foundation - so he was from 11 to 23 years - allowed him to continue studying. Thanks to this, he has been able to start his own company. Two years ago he began selling ayurvedic products manufactured by his paternal aunt. He has also recently patented a brand for these products and has expanded the working team.

Rajesh grew up in a small village surrounded by fields and animals, as he comes from a farming family. "My father has always tells me that if I had not been sponsored, I would have been working with him on the fields at the end of tenth grade (fifteen years), because he needed me there. I have always lent a hand, and even today I still go one day a week to help him, but what I really liked was to study."

This enterprising young man, now aged 27, says it was clear for him from an early age. "I've always wanted to start a business, have my own company and be my own boss. I did not know what type of business could be successful, but I knew that I wanted to undertake," he explains. With that goal in mind, he went to the University and did an MBA (Master in Business Administration) that he approved without problems. After that, he took a course offered by the Government to guide entrepreneurs. "I have prepared myself thoroughly because I knew that I did not want to work for anyone, but to make a living independently."

He started working for a bank in Hyderabad for two years and then worked for another bank for another year in the coastal city of Vizag. Finally, at the age of 25, he decided it was the time to start his own business and saw the perfect opportunity while chatting with her paternal aunt. She had been trained in Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient system of traditional medicine originating in India, and she thought that she could start manufacturing ayurvedic products for the face and hair. Rajesh agreed and offered to sell them. That is how "All Nature" was born, which the young man registered a couple of months ago, but that has been sold for two years in dozens of stores in the area.

"The team has gradually grown and now we are seven people. My aunt has now two people who manufacture products with her and I have also hired three sales reps that help me introduce the product in more stores in the area," he proudly explains and adds "and we are even working to create a website for the company."

He visited the VFF with the first batch of products labeled with his new brand and handed it to Moncho Ferrer. "I wanted to explain Moncho how I created my business and offer him the first batch of our products.  In my case, I can say that being a sponsored child has allowed me to start my own business," Rajesh concludes with a smile.

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