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of that good stuff. It sounds good on paper."

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The problem, she learned, is baked into the catering
business. When Upohar was busy, the employees would
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report strong earnings to the welfare office, and their
benefits would be cut. But that often meant they would have
no income-benefits or earnings-when the catering business
experienced a lull. The social enterprise was feast or famine
for the very people it aimed to serve.
"It was a disaster," Dasgupta admits. "This happened as soon
as I started. It hit me in the face."

Long days. Late nights.
Weekends.

She could see two solutions: find contract work that
guaranteed steady catering hours, or open a restaurant.
Among other things, she pursued lunch contracts with
day care centers and private schools, but the math did not
add up. Eventually, she stopped hiring and helped her
employees find other work.
"I thought, maybe I should close the business. On paper it
looked good, but I didn't know about this welfare issue," she
says. "But one of the women, she hung on with me."
That employee, whose husband landed a job, was no longer
the sole income earner in her household and was taking
courses for teacher certification. She wanted to see
Sri succeed.
In 2013, after "trickling along," not pursuing big catering
jobs, Upohar opened a restaurant.

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