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With her prior experiences in brand and product management, and investment analyst, Surbhi started The Art Exotica in November from her garage in Jodhpur. The Art Exotica creates sustainable, eco-friendly products, recycled, organic, and ethical products , a pivot Surbhi helped artisans make to increase traction and saleability. She says that sustainability also means revival and preservation of traditional art forms that are on the verge of extinction.
Surbhi helped popularise and monetise a terracotta-like art form that was practised in only a couple of villages in Rajasthan. She has helped several other artisans to help showcase and promote their traditional art forms. Three years into the business, Surbhi regularly works with artisans, mostly women, in western Rajasthan, and in Bhuj, Gujarat, and is soon looking forward to working artisans going to start working with artisans in North Eastern states as well.
Surbhi began the startup with her savings of Rs 27, from her garage. Using little capital investment, and after ploughing the revenue back into the startup, she has clocked a revenue of Rs 63 lakh so far. The entrepreneurship journey has come with a fair share of challenges. Surbhi says liaising with government departments is tough.
Her startup is registered under the MSME Udyog Aadhar Card , which allows benefits like availing travel for two international fairs for the startup in a calendar year. She also adds that schemes like Stand-Up India look good on paper, but it is very difficult to get loans.
However, Surbhi is undeterred by these challenges, and says that she is patiently persevering towards her goal. She has also pledged not to get married and devote herself to the cause of upliftment of underprivileged women in the country. The Art Exotica was involved in only B2B exports to overseas markets , but due to the change in circumstances following the spread of coronavirus, Surbhi is now looking to start B2B sales domestically.
However, Surbhi noticed the absence of a platform for her home decor and furnishings products such as beaded table mats, coasters, table runners, rugs made out of old silk sarees, bedsheets, old denim and jeans bags, and jute and bamboo baskets. She decided to bridge the gap and will launch a B2B platform to connect exporters and importers, which she says, will function like Alibaba and house all products that fall under home decor, furnishings and furniture.
The platform will also make use of tech like artificial intelligence AI for chatbots, and augmented reality AR to help give the real feel of products. The launch of the platform is expected in three months. Surbhi was also selected as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs by TiE women in in collaboration with the US embassy. With a decrease in disposable income and people only buying essentials, Surbhi has created a new catalogue that includes only need-based and utility-based products to drive revenue during this difficult time.
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