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Name: Priyanka Bardhan
Location: Bangalore, India
Industry: Food & Beverage
Reason for starting? I am a foodie and I love to eat out and try different foods, but eventually I realized that eating out all the time is not very healthy. Coincidentally, I came across some home-makers, who are good chefs and love cooking at home, but for different reasons they were restricted to just cooking at home for their family. The concept of GharKaAahar came from the idea of empowering these home-makers, so that they can showcase their culinary creativity and also make some additional income.
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How do you define success? To me success means seeing my customers happy with the service I am providing them. To me success is becoming a household name in the niche in which you operate and I believe money will follow if these are achieved.
Biggest success: We have acquired around 20 home chefs under the GharKaAahar platform in just 10 months of operation and have delivered meals valued around 1Million INR. I want to make GharKaAahar as a household name for homemade food. I want to have around 100 home chefs in at least three major cities around India.
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? Getting deliveries to our customers on time, even if it rains or some unexpected incidents happen. We started using a third party hyperlocal delivery service and eventually realized that is not the best way to reach our customers. We ended up creating and using our own small delivery team.
When I became a mother, it was tough to get things going. Then obviously, taking care of a kid day to day is challenging. But I take inspiration from it and my kid keeps me charged up and ready to do something bigger and better. Someone told me once that we should all learn from the power of convincing people from our kids – kids have the ability to make you do what they want.
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Who is your most important role model? No one specifically, anyone who lives with a goal and passion in life is a role model for me.
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