STORY OF OAR
My husband and I both were software engineers by profession and we quit our job and started a business which we both are passionate about – A business which deals with plants and trees, create a greener surrounding by simple words.
Why did I quit. It begins from my early age of life. I hailed from a small village in Kerala. During my child-hood, travelling in a car was luxury. TV was not popular in our place and of course there were no mobile phones. Packet milk was not there, but most of the houses were have a cow or a goat. We kids used to play in the ground or paddy fields and drink water from the nearby well (not the boiled water or distilled water)
My parents were middle class govt. servants. We were a small family running with limited resources. There were two things that I was passionate about. One was to travel to different places and other one was cultivate the plants and seeing agricultural farms.
During my employment stint, I’ve got fortunate enough to work with big companies, visit different places and see different cultures. But I was lacking something which was not able to explain. I was afraid to say to my parents that I want to quit my job for a business idea that not yet framed.
After my marriage I’ve got little more confidence as my husband and I have similar passion and interests. Surprisingly my huband was coming from a similar agricultural background and was then working in IT sector and we both were passionate in gardening and farming. We used to do the gardening for our house and cultivated the vegetable plants for our use.
We decided to take cautious steps while quitting our job and starting something by ourselves. Due to our personal commitments, I was not able to quit my job for quite some time and there comes a day where I have decided to take dare decision to quit my job and pursue our passion.
But what to begin... We realised that most of the people loves to see plants in their office space and at home, but their busy schedules and their lack of expertise blocking them. In fact gardening is the most popular hobby in the world and it is proven that plants and green fields can be a good medication and relaxing technique for everyone. Studies shows people are more productive and happier when they have surrounded with plants. We decided to work on that solution. As a first step, we started a plant nursery and then we started the company OARplant. There begin the story of OARplant. OAR by word meaning is propeller of a ship. And in our context it means Own A Rented plant.
We decided to give the plants and fruit bearing trees on reasonable rent to offices, hotels,apartments and shops. This will enable everyone to fill their office or work place with more greener and healthier plants.
There are other two business are in pipeline.
OAR-farm – A new platform (a beautiful mobile app) which enable anybody to start renting a farm- unit from an organic farmer and start cultivating the organic vegetables through the farmer. This will be provided with a very minimal rent.
Earn from your garden– We are introducing a new rule in gardening. We will provide the plants in the pots when it is small sapling to home maker ladies. And we will buy back with good price once it grown in good quality. Women can earn while they enjoy the gardening and these plants will be great value add in their garden.