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An effort can change life

"With this loom and thread I am weaving my life" says Preety Doley, a 9th class school dropout. On completion of skill training in weaving and handicraft trade she began working from her home and slowly getting perfected in the trade. She makes items such as Phulam Gamusa, Shawl, Mekhala Chadar, Flower vase and also does fabric printing. She prepares items as per the orders received from the market and neighbours. She hopes to make it her livelihood and works very hard to achieve her dream. At present her average monthly income is Rs.6000. She has future plans for setting up bigger looms that can make Assamese traditional dresses which are in great demand.

As a daughter of agricultural labour-parents she had to struggle in life. With great difficulty she managed to reach till 9th class and was forced to dropout to supplement the family income. She has to support her 3 brothers and 2 sisters. During the training she was one of the best students who could start earning while learning. She gratefully acknowledges the skill training provided by Fransalian Agency for Social Care and Education with the support of FVTRS.
An effort can change life “My life is an example for village girls says Tara, a Hospital Assistant.  Born in a poverty-stricken family Tara could not study beyond 9th class. While looking for a livelihood opportunity she leant about skill training programme organised by Sri Shakthi Association. She opted for Hospital Assistant course and completed it successfully. She was posted at Tapovana Hospital near Davangere, Karnataka on a probation period of three months. During this period Tara demonstrated her skills required for the hospital work. As a result the hospital management offered her a job in the same hospital for a monthly salary of Rs.5000. Today she handles her job with much ease and self-confidence as she had the opportunity to develop her inherent skills during the training.
An effort can change life

As a proud practitioner of organic farming Rammanna has brought his entire 2 acre land under this farming system.  Rammanna aged 33 of Honnapur village of Dharwad district in Karnataka, was one of the active members in the youth group and he was very keen to get trained in Organic Farming and Vermi Compost preparation. A staff of BDSSS helped him to get enrolled and attend one month intensive training in this trade. During his Exposure Visit to a Model Farm and Vermi Compost Unit Research Station at the University of Agriculture Science, Dharwad he was further inspired and motivated to begin organic farming system.

Rammanna owns 2 acres of land and he had the desire to covert entire land into organic farming method. With the help of BDSSS he applied to NABARD for loan. After verification of his documents and learning about his ability and knowledge on the Vermi compost and Organic farming, bank granted him a loan of Rs.36,000. With this amount he established 10 Vermi compost pits. Presently his entire 2 Acres of land is converted into organic farming. In the market his agriculture products like vegetables and fruits are sold for a good price and he is getting an average monthly income of Rs.10,000.

An effort can change life “My skill is not disabled” says Mintu Kumar, a physically challenged person from Uttar Pradesh.  Born into a socially and economically backward family Mintu Kumar had an attack of polio in his childhood. However, he had the will power to study till 10th class and had to discontinue to poverty. He learnt about skill training programme organised at Jan Kalyan Samiti and got enrolled in Cell phone and electronic appliances repairing course. He attended the classes regularly for six months and completed the training successfully. With a bank loan he set up his own shop and earns an average monthly income of Rs.5000. He is able to support his family with this income. He plans to develop his enterprise in the future.
An effort can change life Measuring Market Pulse and Scaling-Up

Women of Odakayam, an interior village of northern Kerala were working as daily wage labourers with low earning, while putting a lot of time in travelling. Centre for Overall Development, Kozhikode, Kerala has started a four-month training based on bamboo wood which is plently available in the area being part of western ghats.

After completing the training by 20 trainees, they started a group venture under the leadership of Ms Nabeesa James. Women started visiting local market/exhibition and understood the need to upgrade their skill, and to diversify artworks to attract the consumers. They studied the pattern, design and trend of bamboo products available and being sold in shops. The group made handmade products, of better quality and design that matched the machine-made products. Group members are continuing to explore new ideas, crafts pattern and manufacture the same. The group is getting orders in and around the district, and getting 15 per cent profit from each product they make.

An effort can change life Home to Haat

Women of Muslim community of Kariparamba village of Mallapuram district were once restricted to home. They wanted to take up activities to sustain their families’ income. With this zeal, they got enrolled in four-month course of Rexene-bag-making, training programme initiated by Centre for Overall Development, Kozhikode, Kerala.

All 20 trainees got together and opened a manufacturing unit by getting support of the organisation for machines. The unit was built in a terrace of one of the group members while all responsibilities of purchasing raw materials, stitching, cutting and marketing were shared among all. They got an order of 5000 bags from a shopping mall with a margin of Rs.10/- per bag. They started working with the locally procured raw-materials and on realising that quality of material was not up to mark, replaced the same with better quality materials. They got higher price for the improvised products. Now, schools and other institutions are placing orders for school bags. Fully confident, they are upgrading their skills as per the market demand.

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Rajkumar Bhaga is a 9th class school dropout who became the sole bread-earner at the age of 23. Although he was capable of shouldering the responsibility of supporting his family, he was idling and occasionally helping his father sell milk in the locality.

Training programmes conducted by the Karra Society for Rural Action, Ranchi, Jharkhand came as a ray of hope to him. He enrolled himself for the three-month training course in electrical mechanism. After the training, he started working in an electrical shop situated in the market of his locality. Now, he earns Rs. 2,000 a month.

Sanjay Baitha

Sanjay Baitha, 19, a school dropout youth after class 9, hails from a family of daily wage labourers. He took admission in the first batch of Mobile-repairing training course introduced by Karra Society for Rural Action, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Being trained in the trade, Sanjay joined a mobile-repair shop in the locality with a monthly salary of Rs. 900. Within two months, he got another job in a mobile showroom on a salary of Rs. 2,000 per month. Now, his image has changed from a roamer to a responsible person in the neighbourhood.

A Successful Entrepreneur

Shaikh Anis Akbar, 29, is the owner of a two-wheeler workshop situated at Bhingar, Ahmednagar. It was his dream to own his own workshop when he was working in a two-wheeler shop as a mechanic’s assistant, and earning a meagre Rs. 60.

He has studied up to class 5 and is the only earning member for his family of three. The opportunity to be trained as a full-fledged two-wheeler mechanic opened up with when he was told of the vocational training programmes run by Social Centre, Ahmednagar for school dropout youth. He underwent the two-wheeler mechanics’ training there and, with his contacts, was able to raise sufficient capital to start his own workshop. Sheikh now manages to earn Rs. 7,000 a month and, in his words, “Now I feel secure in life”.

Jaykiram Brahma, a school dropout youth at class 9 was looking for a suitable skill to support his family. His father is a marginal farmer. Eventually, he learned from his friends about the vocational training courses run by Sundargarh Gramya Unnayan Pratisthan (SGUP), Sundargarh-Orissa and decided to learn driving there. He is now employed as a driver on a salary of Rs 4,000 per month. Jaykiram is saving all the money he can with a view to take a loan to buy a lorry and be on his own.
Santosh The Chauffeur
Life has changed for Santosh after being trained as a driver in the one-month Motor-driving course conducted by Belgaum Diocesan Social Society, Dharwad-Karnataka. He obtained his driving licence from the RTO after his training and is now employed as a car driver in a private firm. From a daily wage-earner to a respectable chauffeur is indeed a giant leap in the life of 22-year old Santosh, the school dropout.
Mobile Repair Shop Owner
Sk. Ismail, 21, started his own workshop for repairing and servicing mobile phones, mobile repair and servicing, thanks to the skill and guidance he got from the six-month training in electronic goods repairing at KPCWA, Howrah, West Bengal. His father is proud of his son, who now supports the family.
Santosh -A Skilled Mason
Coming from a poor family, Santosh Kumar Munda was depended on daily wage-labour to meet his needs. 7th class passed Santosh turned to be a skilled mason after completing masonry training course offered by SGUP. He is now saving Rs 500 per month in a bank, of his monthly earning of Rs 1500. He is from Sundergarh in Orissa.
From Cycles to Motorcycles

Jayanta Bhukta, 21, left school to work in a cycle-repairing shop to supplement his family income. Gradually he started a small bicycle repairing shop and managed to earn about Rs 1,000 a month. His fancy for motorcycles and his urge to do well in life led him to enrol for the motorcycle-repairing course organised by KPCWA, Howrah, West Bengal.

He now earns Rs 2,500 per month and aspires to set-up a motorcycle-repairing workshop after acquiring sufficient experience in this trade.

Benu Kishan

Benu Kishan makes wrought-iron furniture for household use, a skill that he acquired during a six-month training in wielding at SGUP, Sundargarh-Orissa.

He is now working in a wielding workshop and getting a monthly salary of Rs 4,000. Earlier, Benu, having studied only up to Class 7 was struggling as a daily-wage-labourer. Now that he is able to put aside some money, he is planning to start his own workshop very soon.

Purna Chandra Mahanta
Purna Chandra Mahanta, hailing from a household of daily-wage-labourers, is now a familiar face in his locality. He runs a goods-carrier (auto-rickshaw) that he bought by taking loan from the bank after completing the driving course at the vocational training school conducted by SGUP, Sundargarh-Orissa. Purna is now able to support his family of eight members with his monthly earnings of Rs 3,500-4,500. He has also paid back the loan.
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