Hailing from Krankshiven colony in Sopore, 27 year old Aiman has done integrated MBA degree from north campus of Kashmir University.Besides, graduation in commerce that gave her an edge for running the business.
“Baking was my hobby and I wanted to learn and be an entrepreneur. But believe me, at that time, I didn't know what an entrepreneur actually meant. First I tried my hands on making cakes for my family and relatives and there were a lot of complaints. And it was in my integrated MBA course work that I got an opportunity to be in Bangalore for my internship where I attended a three day workshop for baking," Aiman told Rising Kashmir.
She however said that the workshop wasn't upto the mark where a person could have amassed enough knowledge and technicalities in making customized cakes.
“I enrolled in a cake decorating class in 2020 but couldn't get much from the cake decorating experts and I was hungry for information. Hence I call myself a self taught baker and right now the kitchen is my battle field where I fight my toughest battles of beautifying the cake," she said.
She loves challenges and had business in mind since she opted for commerce as a subject.
“My parents are government employees and there was a kick that I had to do something different from this. But my mother wasn’t in favor of baking, although my father was always supportive.Most importantly my brotherhas been a great support in this journey," she added.
Aiman believes that the more difficult the design, the more she is intrigued and had never thought she could be this creative where designing customized cakes for doctors, engineers, teachers and people from other professions will receive an incredible response.
"The response was good but there was a lot of criticism also. But that criticism helped me to grow. People have important days in their life and they want to celebrate it and I am the one who helps them to celebrate it with a broad smile. Now people accepted my profession and they started to appreciate it. I see good response with every passing day , Alhamdulillah," she further added.
Aiman is now aiming to open a chain of bakeries and it will be women centric where only girls will be employed.
“I will train those girls, they will work for me and after that I am planning a woman centric chain and that will help me to employ more and more women in this field,” she added.
She receives the orders for the customized cakes from Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara and Bandipora areas of north Kashmir, and is utilising the services of Baramulla’s fastest growing food delivery service ‘Wal Aan’.