Bindu Thapa: Annapurna Bakery (Home Bakery)
Besides other things, it takes a significant amount of courage to start a new business, but when you are into your late 40s, it takes something more special.
Besides other things, it takes a significant amount of courage to start a new business, but when you are into your late 40s, it takes something more special. Bindu Thapa had been working as an accountant for NEA for twenty years, but one day she left her job and started doing something completely different, something truer to herself. “I always had a knack for things like baking, cooking and knitting. So I quit my job and started taking and giving trainings,” says Mrs Thapa.
After that experience, at 48, she took a shot at starting her own business by opening up a bakery. She started off small and called it Annapurna Bakery. One year down the line, an unprecedented opportunity would up the scale of her business. Thanks to her son-in-law’s initiation, Mrs. Thapa was asked to supply to Nepal’s largest chain of supermarkets – the Bhatbhateni Supermarket and Department Store.
It’s been five years since she started providing them with muffins and cakes. Everyday, the bakery provides 200 pounds of cake, excluding the muffins, cookies and fruitcakes to Bhatbhateni and other shops.Annapurna Bakery is slowly becoming a household name.
This may be perceived as a fortunate turn of events, but there is truth in the saying –“fortune favors the brave”. And a matter of fact, it was not all luck, it was also her basic business principle of valuing customers. “Quality and affordability have been our two most important concerns. My basic rule is –I won’t sell what I won’t serve my children,” says Mrs. Bindu Thapa.