During the present Covid times maintaining social distancing has become a norm. The government is advising all to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to go out. Use of FACEMASK has also become a norm.
Vaibhav Agrawal an MBA(Innovation and Entrepreneurship) student from SIBM Pune established his start up named – The Pins Culture – and identified the need which is – Shortage of face masks. He found that many people are using scarves and handkerchiefs to cover their face as they were unable to afford the N95 face masks used by the elite. He decided to do something about this and started manufacturing reusable, washable cotton face masks for the benefit of the community which were as good as N95 face masks.
At his home town he employed 20 workers who helps in making these masks and of the 20 employees, 15 are female and all of them get a daily wage of Rs. 400. By doing this he could not only provide employment to those in his town but also ensured that even a common man can afford an N95 mask .
He manufactures approximately 2000 masks everyday and all of them are sold almost instantaneously across all districts of Maharashtra. The masks are priced between Rs. 12 per face mask to Rs. 40 per face mask depending on the quality of cloth used for making the same.
Vaibhav Agrawal takes utmost care in process of manufacturing to ensure quality standards is maintained. He has also laid safety measures so that the workers maintain hygiene and also maintain social distance while the masks are stitched. Periodic temperature checks, oxygen level checking, hand sanitization are a part of the normal process so that hygienic condition is maintained in the production process.
Dr R Raman
Director – SIBM Pune
Dean- Faculty of Management – SIU