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Social Media was a motivating factor to boost her enthusiasm and despite her distributing free techniques and recipes, she noticed no one could replicate the dishes what she would do. Her friends and well wishers kept pleading her to teach them Sandhya’s culinary secrets. It didn’t take much time for her to start her own, SKM Institute of Culinary Arts where she began teaching her art to others. She saw that there were many women like her who wanted to stay at home to look after the family and children but also had the strong urge to use their full potential and their skills to earn an income to support their families.
Her heart went out to help such women come out and stand on their own feet. She also realized that there were no such training centers in our city Panjim – Goa to help uplift poor women and girls to start their self business from home. Her classes proved to be a turning point in their lives as well. Sharing all the practical knowledge that she had, also many women came up to me for counseling for their personal problems. All the guidance and training that she has been doing is by her.
This has been her effort for past 5 years and she shall continue to do so in a long run. Currently she has been conducting various courses for the past five years and streamlined around 70 different courses she has trained more than 3000 students. She has also been training ladies with different courses, from basics of cake baking, icing, frosting, to making natural cosmetics and handmade soaps and other beauty products, making agarbattis etc. It makes her happy to see that many women and homemakers have started their food and other business after getting trained in her school.
She is traveling in and around Goa giving classes and to train rural women in self help groups into such skills that they can take up various orders from home for food and bakery items as well as make and sell homemade stuff. She has also been an active free lancing teacher to visit schools and train children into such similar workshops. Women not only from Goa but the neighboring states too travel all the way to attend her workshops.
What started as a passion for cooking went on to becomes her profession. What was a dream became a reality and much more than that. All my students are my strength. They express appreciation, trust and love for my teaching. The SKM is now become a family of around 4000 plus students. The feedback, good or bad, helps me to grow. Many of my students have started commercial ventures from their homes. It gives me immense pleasure to see what I taught has been reflected in their work with an added value of their own special touch Sandhya says…...
SKM caters to all levels of expertise and prides itself on the diversity of its cuisine. Elaborating on the latest feat of cosmetic making workshops, her next is the exciting series of natural and organic cosmetic making classes. She will be teaching people to make their own cosmetics and beauty products customized to suit their body and beauty requirements. What’s all the more fascinating is that all the ingredients that go in the making of these cosmetics come from natural sources from your kitchens! This is to do away with the harsh chemical loaded raw material available in the market. Such chemicals harm the skin and body, so one has to avoid them. Of all the ladies who have done these workshops, they have been successful in reproducing what she would have taught them and they have started taking orders and selling in small quantities
Those who learn such skills can gain control on what is happening in their lives and help and share in the monetary matters.” Even though she doesn’t have any formal degree in hand, she has been training many women with these skills in the past five year. WHAT HAS TAUGHT ME IN THESE FIVE YEARS IS SELF CONFIDENCE FOR MY SELF AND ALSO TO BOOST THE MORAL SUPPORT OF THE OTHER 3000+ WOMEN TO RISE OUT OF THEIR HOUSEHOLDS AND COME UP IN LIFE . . THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE IS TRUE WOMEN ENPOWERMENT Sandhya repeats…..
Sandhya’s SKM Institute of Culinary Arts is a school for every woman who wants to stand on their own feet but still want carry out their duties from home and look after their family and children. She help women to start earning from home. That’s her main motive in other words….Women empowerment!!!!!!!
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She is all in one - a doting mother of two beautiful daughters, a passionate home-baker who’s turned a busy entrepreneur who not only initiated a culinary institute of her own but kick-started a supermarket too - all in a span of just few years. Meet Sandhya Kini Mayenkar, a home science graduate who quit her well-settled job of 12 years as a branch head of a reputed advertising agency just to take care of her children.
Spreading her wings from Karnataka to Goa to Delhi to all over India & Internationally , SANDHYA KINI MAYENKAR; Home Science Graduate Sandhya also a self taught home baker by passion. Her Life took a u-turn after an early marriage. With no means to study further and going with the flow. Soon her elder daughter was born She took up a job in a private advertising firm to meet the ends meet. The next ten years went in looking after her child and home and juggling between home and 9-6 schedules.
After the birth of her second daughter, she quit her job to stay at home as a full-time mom and took care of her kids. Lots of time at her disposal but no money to dispense. Sitting idle at home with no specific task at hand, she got depressed and frustrated. But her Parents were the great motivators. Her passion for food and cooking led her to start baking customized cakes and take food orders from home.