Kalpesh was born in a chawl in Govandi, Mumbai. He was orphaned at the age of 11, leaving him and his two brothers in the care of his grandmother. He planned to take up a job to help his family on completion of Grade 10, however, he faced difficulties in gaining employment. He had the education and the basic qualification required, but was not as skilled or as groomed for a job as required. One day his grandmother met a Pratham mobilizer and enrolled him in the foundation course for employment readiness.