Since its founding in 1998, the QI Group has impacted millions of lives through its various business operations and charity programs. The company was established by Mr. Vijay Eswaran, who is now the executive chairman of the group. Its headquarters are in Hong Kong and it has operations in more than 25 countries through its subsidiary companies. The unique business model of the company has enabled it to grow very fast. Independent representatives (IRs) employed by the company refer QI’s products to consumers. They are then paid depending on the value of QI products their referrals purchase and the sales volume of other IRs in their teams.
When Mr. Vijay thought of starting the business, all he had was a business idea. He knew no one in the field who could help him and had trouble obtaining capital to start his business. Asia’s economy was performing very poorly and no one wanted to risk investing in such a business. No one had faith in him. He was sure he did not want to be employed. He has always wanted to be his own boss. He partnered with a few other people who shared his sentiments and with support and encouragement from his wife, Umayal Eswaran, they set the ball rolling and 18 years later, the company is doing exceptionally well under his leadership.
The QI Group cares about the overall wellbeing of the community and therefore has an arm, RHYTHM Foundation, dedicated to corporate social responsibility. The foundation has made donations to a number of charities and taken part in several other community programs. Mr. Vijay values his employees and knows that the company cannot succeed without them. He always reminds them of the company’s humble beginnings and reminds them to be grateful for the far they have come. Mr. Vijay regularly interacts with customers to know their needs and get to hear their stories and develops products based on his findings. His ultimate goal is to impact as many lives as possible and change them for the better.