Crushed Ankle But An Iron Will Made This Amazing Boss Mom An Entrepreneur
Have you been having a bout of inspiration, lately? If yes, then we bring you an amazing boss mom story, of Usha Jain, who, with sheer strength overcame extreme hardships that life put her through, to start her brand Heavenly Scents.
Woman with an iron will
Almost a graduate, Usha at a young age was gotten married and moved to Mumbai. In just a few months the final exams were due, so with a strong desire to complete her education, she came back to Bangalore. Now a Business Management graduate, she still was not allowed to work as she was expected to be a full-time homemaker.
Come 2012, Usha met with an unfortunate accident and she ended up with a crushed ankle. During her prescribed 18-19 months of bed-rest she picked back up her pre-marriage hobby of art and crafts. Back in the day, she made craft items learnt from her mother, who herself was a crafts teacher. Overtime she started selling handmade scrapbooks, photo folios, gifting hampers, and many types of craft items, from home, under the name Green Cottage.
Life gave an opportunity:
A saying, ‘All forces of the universe come together to give you what you truly desire’, holds a significant point; in 2018, Usha’s daughter came up with a start-up idea, that was influenced by a soap-making workshop.
An intrigued Usha attended multiple workshops to finally end up with Heavenly Scents — a chemical-free, homemade skincare and beauty essentials brand. Starting with soaps, these are made from scratch with certain essential toxin-free oils. The oils, using the formula of saponification, are converted to soap, which can also be customised according to the different skin types of her customers, on their request.
The brand has now expanded its product portfolio and has started making homemade lotions, body butter, scrubs, moisturisers, sunscreens, shampoo bars, lip balms, bath bombs, face masks, among other product offerings. All products’ prices range between Rs. 100 – Rs. 300, and are sold through the brand’s social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook.
The struggle is real:
When there was no support from her marital home, Usha’s kids motivated her to keep up the fight for her dreams. With that, she braved to invest in Heavenly Scents from her own savings.
“I was terribly broke but had only one thing in mind, to stay strong in every way I can, for myself and my kids.”
Usha and her husband differ on the importance of education. Jain says, “Me being more educated, I saw a lot of difference in our thoughts, values, and upbringing. He feels that studying is not as significant since the kids have to look after his shop, anyway, in the future.”
But the amazing boss mom believes that children grow up with the values their parents impart in them, and she would make sure her kids study well to be able to choose their own career paths.
The amazing boss mom is inspiring all around
Usha, with zeal, continues to fight for her passion. Jain’s mom and brother have been in agreement about the decisions she took in life; as she is now for her daughter. Usha’s daughter is adamant as well about achieving her own goals in life, like her mom. Happily though, the boss lady says that there has been a change in the society’s outlook with evolving times; women are now taking a stand for themselves about working.
“Every person has their share of struggle in life and it takes a lot to conclude any problem with a piece of advice. Nevertheless, I want fellow mothers to dream, pursue it with all their might, and come what may never give up. For those moments where one feels like giving up, just sit back and let it pass, as there is a way out and one shall definitely find it.