Coming from a modest family in rural Maharashtra, Sunita started working for the first time when her husband fell sick. She had moved to Bombay in 2009. Her husband fell sick within two years of coming to Bombay. Due to differences with her husband in another year she moved back to her village.
However, a long struggle awaited her thereafter. As a child, Sunita faced discrimination in the hands of her parents where male child was preferred over female child. Her family was orthodox and did not believe in gender equality, thus were unsupportive of her move to come to the village and stay with them. She had three children to take care of by this time. However, she did not receive desired treatment from her family despite repeated requests. There was patriarchy and inequality rooted deep into the house and one fine day Sunita’s mother asked her to move out with three children.
Distraught and furious, she came to Mumbai with nowhere to go and three children to look after. She lived in a small setting, and looked for work. The impact of her mother’s words was such that she decided never to look back. Irrespective of the challenges that life threw at her, she was determined that her children should not suffer because of the domestic conditions thus, ensured a better living for them and took onus on herself. She joined work at a factory where she displayed exemplary leadership skills which were recognised by her coworkers and managers alike.
Since her factory setting got shifted to Gujarat, she could not leave the kids as coming from rural Maharashtra it was difficult for her to adjust to a completely new setup.
Moving forward, she was out of work when the company shifted to Gujarat. Saral Designs was newly established around that time. When we hired her, we were a small company that was manufacturing sanitary napkins and had hired women for packaging. Sunita tai was handling the part by managing 35-40 women. That was the time when we had massive orders for our product and she managed it so well that her leadership skills were recognised long with her efficiency of getting work done. It was one of the best decisions to onboard Sunitai tai with us. It’s been three years since she started working at Saral Designs and has shown exceptional skills in handling women to get to work, quality of sanitary pads, some bit of supply chain and what not. She has seen Saral flourish from the time we were a company with three- four permanent employees to a team of 40. It has been a great journey and we salute her spirit of not breaking down in the time of crisis and letting things fall.
Her job at Saral is supercritical which is why she owes respect from all the entire team.