“I lost my sight, not my vision”, says Bhavesh Bhatia, founder of Sunrise Candles. Bhavesh Bhatia, who lost his eyesight at 23, turned his life around, launched a business and turned into a multi-crore empire.
Bhavesh, who worked as a telephone operator at a hotel, was fired from his job after losing his eyesight. As he was from a poor family, he didn’t have any choice but to find a way to make ends meet.
He enrolled himself at Mumbai’s National Association for the Blind, where he learnt candle making, and decided to use his learnings as an opportunity.
He took a special government loan, set up his business, where he not only sells candles but also recruits and trains people with visual challenges. What started as a small business has now transformed into a huge enterprise that provides employment to over 9,500 visually-impaired people. Sunrise Candles also has around 71 manufacturing units in 14 states and exports their candles to nearly 67 countries across the globe.