Kamal Kumbhar was born in Osmanabad, Maharashtra to a daily-wage labourer. She lived in poverty and grew up without access to education. She married at a young age and after that failed, she was financially vulnerable.
She started Kamal Poultry and Ekta Producer Company in 1998 with no knowledge of business or marketing, with an investment of Rs 2,000. The company sells about Rs 1 lakh every month. She has mentored more than 5,000 women from her state to set up similar enterprises and become self-sufficient.
In 2012, she became a clean energy entrepreneur and lit up over 3000 homes with solar-powered devices, after training as an “Energy Sakhi” in SSP ’s “women in clean energy program”, which trained over 1100 women across Maharashtra and Bihar. She owns six business ventures earning the moniker “serial entrepreneur”. She owns a range of agriculture-allied businesses.
- CII Foundation's Woman Exemplar award from President Pranab Mukherjee
- Women Transforming India Award, 2017, organized by United Nations and NITI Aayog.
- "Serial entrepreneur: Her ventures have enabled 3,000 women in the drought-prone region of Osmanabad to be financially independent". 18 March 2018.
- "Kamal Walked Out Of Poverty And A Failed Marriage To Set Up 6 Business Ventures". 30 May 2018.
- "Women Transforming India 2017". United Nations India.
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