Life is beautiful and blessed for Hemali today,when she looks back. Born and brought up in a middle class gujarati service class family in south Mumbai,life was not very easy. She struggled herself to study and later to learn new hobbies.
During her school days along with Bharatanatyam, she also learnt singing. Given the hobbies that she choose, she made her initial appearences in a few school program in singing competition and in debates.At this early age, it was quite an accomplishment.
Her turning point in life came during her long summer break,when she was in 10th grade enjoying her holidays,alongwith other hobby classes. It was then that she choose to learn chocolate making too.
Way back in the 80s, it was quite challenging, lengthy and tedious process where there were no modern day facilities. Most of her pocket money was spent on pics being clicked.Promoting her work was tough, she use to take her baked cakes to get them clicked, over weekend.She took help from a friend, to make the website on a free server, as she didn’t have enough money for a paid website.
Her biggest challenge then was to deliver the chocolates without it loosing it’s shape. After lots of trials and errors, success came in the form of first order from her dad’s office. It made her more confident and she went on to learn the chocolate making course from Catering College, Mumbai.
After she finished her diploma in Home Science from Nirmala Niketan and later graduation done from Jai Hind college, in Arts Faculty. Word of mouth did wonders.
Her hobby turned into profession made her feel happy that post marriage her father in law became her biggest support and later her sister in law too joined her as her partner. Indeed, family support, is the best blessing!!
Her dreams came to reality when she received her first recognition through Midday article in 2012 for chocolate rakhi. Later on came she was nominated and received Stree Astitva Awards under Women’s Economic Forum in 2019, followed by Hastakshar Superprenuer Awards in March 2020, then achieved Growing Buddies and TEOI awards for an successful entrepreneur journey. Recognition continued and received Vyapar Jagat Convention Award in December2020 after which came Growth beats awards in 2021 in March.
She has given a few interviews too by now and have experienced her share of ups and downs too. They make all kinds of chocolates like dark, milk, white, sugar free and vegan. She is extremely happy for the journey so far, as they have diversified into various unique options like couple chocolate, sms boxes, chocolate bouquets and many more items.
It’s been a long journey of three decades, with a few interviews and awards with now being FSSAI registration and MSME registration and IEC registration looking forward for many more smiles on the way.