Mohd. Tarif: Being a job provider rather than a job seeker

Thirty-four-year-old, Bareli-based Mohd. Tarif may have been very unfortunate after being affected by polio in his childhood which paralysed both his limbs on one side. But his dedication and positivity towards work and life have emerged as an inspiration for many aspiring entrepreneurs. He developed an interest in tailoring seeing his uncle running a tailoring shop. After the initial training from his uncle, he became a master tailor when he was still a teenager. His initial days were tough as he struggled to make ends meet single-handed. “I wanted to improve the quality of my life but didn’t know how to go about it,” said Tarif. That’s when he came across ATPAR (Alliance to Promote Abilities and Rehabilitation) which provides entrepreneurship development training program to entrepreneurs with disabilities and mentors them in their business. It helped him find new ways of developing his business. “After the training, I got the courage and started thinking big. I bought 10 sewing machines to start a garment manufacturing unit,” said Tarif. Today, Tarif successfully runs his enterprise 'Dilshad Garments' in Jaitpur, New Delhi. Employing eight people, he produces garments for exporters and generates average monthly revenue of Rs. 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh. “I am happy to be an entrepreneur. I am a job provider, not a job seeker,” said Tarif. “One day I aspire to have my own garments export business. For aspiring entrepreneurs, I want to say that initially people are scared to start their own business. With hard work, determination and dedication, one’s life can change,” said Tarif.