Seven years ago, 36 year old Mohammad Rashid started Aar Bee Enterprises, making a business out of what he loves best- working with wood. Rashid lives with his wife and two young daughters in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, a small city in the most populous state of India. Almost everyone in Saharanpur works with wood in one way or another, continuing a tradition that is centuries old.
Rashid is a very creative artist although he confesses that he relies on his “much more artistic wife” to provide the designs for his creations. He employs five artisans and together they work on everything from wooden pencil boxes and jewelry boxes to coasters, cups and paperweights.
Rashid hopes that his business continues to grow so that he can provide his daughters with a good education.