Celebrating goan women in business on International Women’s day

WTC Goa celebrated International Women’s Day 2016 at WTC headquarters in Goa on March 8, 2016. Ms. Varsha M. Pai Raiker and Ms. Shobha Tarcar, two renowned women entrepreneurs of Goa from both product-based and service industry, were felicitated on the occasion.

Ms. Raiker spoke on this year’s Women’s Day theme, which is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, that all women should stand up for themselves. She represents S. R. Enterprises located in Corlim Industrial Estate and has received the prestigious national award of MSME in the year 1994 for the product, corrugated boxes. When asked about the difference between the present and the time she started the journey, “Everyday throws up a different challenge and change is constant. One has to be prepared to adapt to changing scenarios to survive”, eluded Raiker. “Hard work, Adaptability to change, Patience, Financial discipline and a good P.R. are the 5 key elements to success”, Raiker insinuated.

Ms. Shobha Tarcar, Owner of the Sai Samarth Caterers, a renowned catering service in the city of Panjim, is rightly known as ‘Annapurna (The Goddess of Nourishment)’ in her close friends circle. More than 20 years in the business, starting from 50 people she, has once served around 2500 people at a time. Customer delight and Quality assurance are the unique selling points of her business. There is always a personal touch as she selects the vegetables, meat, other grocery items personally and also adds her secret spices to add original flavors’ to the dishes, revealed Tarcar. “No compromise on quality of raw supplies and protecting her trade secrets, are the two most important things to this business”, that she stressed upon and therefore she never misses on these points, she quoted.

Ms. Supriya Rane, Director, La Cabana Beach & Spa mentioned that, “Gender inequality is globally evident and a lot of women are now endorsing gender parity at workplace”. In order to move closer to gender equality Awareness, Freedom, Education and Legislative changes need to be enforced.” Campaigns like “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, Small investment funding scheme to support women entrepreneur, can build self confidence and help gender parity”, cited Rane.

Ms. Ambika Dhakhenkar, Asst. Mgr, WTC Goa in her welcome address mentioned that, “women always want men to think they are equal and seek their acceptance to the fact, that they are capable in every aspect as the men. However the history of all times and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves”. She also thanked the invitees and wished this year’s theme to be a reality soon. Ms. Cheryl Fernandes of WTC Goa and other women were also present at the function.

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