1: Nisha Madhulika

After her children moved out in 2007, 55-year-old Nisha used her free time to start cooking. She uploaded her recipes on a blog and later moved on to vlogging.

She uploaded her first-ever cooking video on 16 May 2011. Today, she has 12.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel

2: Sandeep Riat

Sandeep joined her father's business and a few years later he died of cardiac arrest and brain haemorrhage. Shortly after, Sandeep was appointed as the Managing Director. But nothing came easy to her.

She restarted their malfunctioned manufacturing unit, paid off the creditors, dealt with the court cases and bank recovery agents. The company is now a profit-making venture with over 350 workers.

3: Patricia Narayan

Patricia married at 17 and got divorced at 18. After that, she wanted to achieve financial independence. So, she prepared and sold jams and squashes. Confident about her cooking skills, she set up a food kiosk and soon entered into a partnership with a restaurant.

“I started my business with just two people. Now, there are 200. From 50 paise a day, my revenue has gone up to Rs 2 lakh a day,” she says.

4: Namrata Goenka

This former lawyer chose to be a stay-at-home-mother after the birth of her son. She utilised her time to grow vegetables on her terrace.

Namrata even learnt to cultivate mushrooms on her 10×10 feet terrace. With time, she started her own venture, Green Apron, and currently grows 100 bags of mushrooms.

5: Menaka Raj

Menaka wanted to feed her newborn good quality organic rice and cereals and that took her on the path of entrepreneurship. What started as a pet project to procure rice from farmers mushroomed into a company called Aswat Eco Organics that Menaka manages.