Kalaivani pursued a basic cosmetology course at the Industrial Training Institute, but her passion for creating crafts like ‘arathi plates & other gift items led to her business venture – ‘Yuva’s Crafts’.

As the sole breadwinner of the family Kalaivani is not dependent entirely on her business.  She works in a  beauty parlour as a beautician and provides home-based beauty-care services on request.

She is also adept at mehendi design and offers services at marriages. Kalaivani claims, “creativity never stops us, it helps us to mold in a way to survive in this competitive world.” She asserts that it is her curiosity and creativity that has ensured a continued source of income for her family. She urges other women to never doubt their abilities and forge ahead without hesitation.

She is quick to credit this confidence to the YEP program where “they taught me to speak to several people even though I used to be meek and afraid when I first began.” Even though her current business does not utilise her training in Basic Cosmetology, Kalaivani still believes she gained from the experience.

Inspired by her grandfather who worked as a pulse trader till the day before he passed, Kalaivani dreams of running her own business successfully to build her own house.