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'Pens For Rent' - Kid Entrepreneur Leisha D'Souza's Innovative Enterprise

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By Alfie D'Souza, Illinois [ Published Date: August 17, 2012 ]

"Every daughter want to follow in her Mom's footsteps"- that's right! Leisha D'Souza, the nine year daughter of Loy and Divya D'Souza studying in the Fourth grade at the Yenopoya International School here, is a indeed a child of many talents and interests, but most of all she has emerged to be a young business enthusiast. Leisha's mom is a very energetic, smart and intelligent business entrepreneur who has successfully reached  all her businesses to greater heights, through her innovative and motivational ideas. Similarly, this young entrepreneur Leisha, has initiated a company, 'PEN ROCK COMPANY', where she is at the helm as the company CEO!!

Leisha has a bunch of unique pens in all shapes, colour, designs and sizes. Most children at her school get bored using their same kind of pens everyday. They worry their parents for a new pen. Knowing this situation, Leisha capitalized on a unique and innovative idea to rent pens to her schoolmates, and charge them a nominal fee. She has also maintained a ledger with a list of pens, their description and respective charges. She has also drafted the terms and conditions that her clients must adhere to. Leisha is sometimes helped by her elder sister Sasha, and couple of her classmates.

Among the popular pens, is the 'Raja Pen' which is a mirror encrusted pen from Jaipur, for which Leisha charges Rs 30/- to rent. The 'Berry' and 'Barbie' pens, most liked by the girls are charged Rs 25/-Rs 35/-. Some of the other pens are the, 'Rock Pen', Black Pen', ; Stick Pen', 'Gelito Gel Pen' etc; etc;. To try any pen, you will to pay Rs 2/- as trial fee. Rent charges are Rs 4 per day, Rs 6 for 2 days, and so on to a max of 5 days. Leisha does not want anyone to know how much income she made out of her "petty" business, but I can bet she made a few hundred bucks. " That's a very good business idea this girl has come up with. But the only problem is that the kids are or maybe stealing money from their parents pockets to pay for the rent charges", is a rumour that I heard. Oh well, that's okay, everything will be fine I guess - kids are kids always, anyhow !

That's a lot of business from a small girl of 9 years who has big plans of expanding her business. Leisha's business idea has kind of motivated me to start the same kind of enterprise, since I have a huge collection of pens. But there will be one problem in renting my pens, because most of my friends want something for nothing ? When I asked Leisha what she will do with the money she made, she replied that, most of it she would give alms to the beggars every Sunday after Church Mass, also wants to spend it at Pizza Hut, KFC and shopping at City Centre Mall. This Christmas she wants to buy a nice gift for her mom. " How about a gift for your dad", I asked. " Only in case if any money is left over, then only my dad will get a gift" Leisha smilingly replied. Best of luck to Leisha in her "booming" business venture.

What we can learn here is that, everyone has ideas, inventions and dreams but only a few ever make any money from their thoughts. Children have a large capacity for learning, and children's inventions or ideas can help them to enhance the way that they learn. Kids inventions or ideas should be things that make sense to them. From a simple thought, idea to an actual business strategy as a primary school girl, Leisha is not trying to show off or anything of that sought, but she is simply trying to show that it is possible for a kid to actually make money--if you have a will, there is a way!

While coming up with a successful new invention or idea these days is often inspired by fame and commercial success many invention or idea stories are all about making a change and helping one's community or the world at large find a solution to a problem. Talk about some recent green inventions or sustainable invention/idea, that helped solve situations in the third world and the likes. We need to teach children about the potential transforming lives through coming up with creative ideas aimed at helping others.

The inventions over the years that have come about have been very beneficial in many cases. So much of what we enjoy today is the result of the daydreaming of the people many moons ago. It is hard to determine just how valuable a child’s daydream may be someday. Many times, parents get after their kids when they are daydreaming. Part of that is a result of the pace of our society today. Ironically, the pace of our society has a lot to do with the daydreaming of the children from decades ago. If this society is going to continue to progress then we need to allow  children to be children and to daydream at times the things that they would like to invent to make their lives easier. Much of what they think about is a bunch of naive nonsense that would not be good for them. However, some of their ideas could be the next invention that makes life easier for everyone along with progressing the human race into a more complex and more sophisticated society that is capable of doing things that we cannot presently do.

The next time that you see your child daydreaming, remember to let them be kids and do some of that. Of course, it needs to be done within reason and should be kept to appropriate times when it does not interfere with their school work or other important times when they should be thinking or doing other things. This means that as a parent you need to make sure that your children have some free time and that their life is not a web of scheduled events.

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alwyn alok, India :
Leshu good luck to you.
Olin Lasrado, UAE:
Hey Leisha Darling... Wow... you have become a business women.. I am proud of you.. Lovely to see you.. Best of luck... and God bless you. Congrats Loy and Divya....
Naveen Shetty, Bangalore, India :
Hey girl you made your story in Bangalore newspaper too--whats next/ Probably you will be featured in India Today magazine. Best of luck in your enterprise, and I hope someday you'll be a real top CEO
Raman Reddy, bangalore, India :
Hey Kid, you are really making news all over - in Mangalore, and now in Bangalore. It was a great write up on you in, and now I just read about you more in Bangalore Mirror. Keep up your talents, and May God shower upon you all the blessings to make you a intelligent child. Bravo, you are a genius, baby!
Jyothika Shetty, UAE:
Hey Leisha darling, I love your idea and I am sure you will one day be a successful business woman like your mom. Next time when I come to M'lore I will take some good tips from you. Cheers dear and wishing you success throughout your life. Loy & Divya, here's a tough competition for you:)
Nalini Shettigar, India :
God bless the author for thinking of young kids and highlighting their petty ideas. Kids should be encouraged, although I am not blessed with any kids, I do love my neighbors and friends kids a lot. Todays children are future leaders. May God bless them all. My compliments to Leisha's mom for bringing up a daughter caringly and lovingly.
corrinejohn dsouza, India :
congrats great& wonderful , keep it up
love to Shaha dad& mum
Aarti Dsouza, USA :
Congrats Leisha! So proud of you.
I see so much of ur mum in you!

Dis she looks so much like u..
love to all
Saritha Kumar, India :
Great idea from a kid - that's awesome. keep up with your innovative enterprise, and may God bless you, honey!
Michelle Dsouza, Mumbai, India :
Hey Leisha, Congratulations on your amazing initiative....keep up the good name of your parents.....and one day aspire to be a great business woman!!!
Ashwin Kumar, Mangalore, India :
Leisha you are just smart like your Mom, (forget dad?). Best of luck in your money making petty business. Make lots of money, ok!
anitha, India :
All the best leishu. keep rocking
anitha, India :
All the best leishu, keep rocking.
Lynette Pinto, Mumbai, India :
Wow! Great idea by a great kid. Great article by a great website--keep up the good work folks. May God bless you all. India needs young entrepreneurs like Leisha, Writers like D'Souza, and a website like
Rashmi DSouza, India :
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, do you get the pen's back darling???????
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