A year later in 2018, she struck out on her own to establish her own pickle brand LaKaC. The business took off, and she called her husband home from Dubai.
Initially, Bhesh Raj admits he was embarrassed to be involved in the business. When they set up stalls in the local market fairs, he would stand in a corner and watch his wife. Five years on, he is the one out in front, taking the pickles to market and planning business expansion.
“I was a migrant worker for 22 years and all I knew was how to do 12-hour shifts, go back to the dorm and repeat that daily cycle. Once I saw how much customers appreciated our pickles, it motivated me to be more involved,” says Bhesh Raj, who gives full credit to his wife for motivating him and giving him the opportunity to learn.
LaKaC has a range of 21 varieties of sweet and savoury pickles, including that of akbare, lime, mangoes, and mushrooms. The business has grown and the couple has rented a shop along the highway and delivers the products to Palpa, Bhairawa, Butwal and further afield. The monthly turnover now exceeds Rs300,000.
What sets this business apart to other pickle ventures is that the Giris also make sure that the spices and raw materials used are of good quality and maintain hygienic standards. Those visiting the shop in Shankarnagar have the option to taste the pickles before buying.
In 2019, Parbati was nominated in the top five of the Mayor-Daayitwa Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program and won a Rs50,000 award. LaKaC also won an award from a local cooperative.
She credits Daayitwa with training to make business plans and strategy, as well as to communicate with the community.