'MBA Chaiwala' Prafull Billore's struggle tale of becoming a millionaire is uplifting

At present Prafull owns a 300 sq ft restaurant named ‘MBA Chai Wala’, where he has employed 20 people. In the last financial year, he registered a turnover of Rs 3 crore.

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A couple of years ago, Prafull Billore got dropped out of an MBA course in Ahmedabad and decided to start his own business. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, the young guy wanted to study at IIM, Ahmedabad. The profitable job offers attracted the 21-year-old boy. During his graduation in commerce, he earned Rs 25,000 a month as an Amway salesman and pursuing an MBA only seemed a viable alternative. Also, he could not crack the CAT (Common Admission Test) exams.

It was in 2017, he gave up the idea of pursuing an MBA even though his family pressured him to continue his studies. Recently while talking to HOB he shared his struggle story. He had borrowed money from his father to set up a stall named ‘Chai Wala’, outside the premises of the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad.

On July 25, 2017, he started his business. He had made a profit of Rs 150, however, everybody was fascinated by seeing a chaiwala speaking English. Within a month he was selling 10,000-11,000 cups daily, but his family was clueless about what he was exactly up to with his life.

Recently while speaking to official Humans of Bombay, Prafull shared how he struggled for his career and then decided to open a tea stall outside the premises of IIM Ahmedabad. He also went on to share how his parents reacted after listening to his decision and overall how difficult or easy was the entire journey for him from being a roadside tea seller to becoming a millionare!


Meanwhile, at present Prafull owns a 300 sq ft restaurant named ‘MBA Chai Wala’, where he has employed 20 people. In the last financial year, he registered a turnover of Rs 3 crore.