Tiffin express is the outcome of difficulties faced by Bishnu Maya Tiwari, mother of two and a masters student. After she had her second child, she couldn’t manage time to make lunch for her first born and that really struck her. She realized it was really unfair that there was a trade off between making healthy lunch for child and doing other chores. So, she came up with the idea to start ‘Tiffin Express’ with the assistance from Prakash Aryal who is an IT professional and Dinesh Tiwari who is a business student. Find more about her start up in this interview with Ms. Bishnu Maya Tiwari
Could you tell us about your business idea?
As a mother, I want my children to have healthy and fresh food, but I couldn’t always drop the tiffin off at school because of some work or my other child or studies. This made me think about all the other parents who may not have the time to deliver lunch for their children every day and I knew I had to do something about it. So, I came up with the idea of “Tiffin Express” that aims to deliver food from parents to their children directly. My start- up has been operational for two weeks now which is like a trial phase and I am providing my tiffin service to 9 parents. I have already received so many accolades which is very encouraging.
Who are your target customers?
We want to provide our service to students between the age of 3 to 12 years. Right now, we are focusing on Baneshwor area but as the business grows, we will definitely expand to other places. Currently I deliver the food myself but, in the future we will get a delivery vehicle and staff.
Do you foresee any challenges for the business?
I think we may face problem while we try to expand the business. If we expand very fast, we may not be able to maintain the same quality of the service. Hence, we will have to grow organically and gradually. We will also be limited by the geography as expanding out of valley can be very challenging.
What social problem are you trying to address with your business?
I am focusing on providing healthy meals to school children and ease the worry of parents who would like their children to eat well. If I am able to establish the service of delivering homemade food, they don’t have to eat unhealthy food from outside
If you win “Yunus Social Business Challenge 2018”, what will you use the seed fund for?
Like I mentioned, I am delivering the foods myself, but it isn’t a viable option for the long run. So, we will use the seed fund to get a delivery van or some other transportation to deliver food. We will also use the fund for marketing and promotion.
You can reach Bishnumaya Tiwari at firstname.lastname@example.org.