“On completion of my course from the project I received a certificate. With this I was able to get a loan from the local project self-help group to start my own business. Now I am very happy”
Rajashree, 23, lives with her husband, son, daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law in the area of Kasalagar, Pune, India. Prior to coming into contact with the project she spent most of her time at home cleaning and caring for her family. She was dependent on her husband and the £150 per month he earned from his job as a driver. One day she saw a notice for the stitching and tailoring classes provided by the project. She went home and discussed it with her family, who agreed it was a good idea to enrol in the course.
“I started my tailoring class, there my tailoring teacher is very good in teaching skills, whenever I got trouble in cutting and stitching, she explains me and makes things easy for me to learn”.
With the help of her teacher, Rajashree cut and stitched her first blouse within 20 days of starting the course. After that, she started by saving money for her family and friends by doing their stitching for them at home.
However she quickly progressed in confidence and decided to go the local women’s self-help group run by the project to seek a loan to start a small tailoring business. Despite some initial problems Rajashree quickly became a skilled tailor and currently she is earning her own income through her business. Now she feels much more independent and has money of her own to use as she needs.
Rajashree is very thankful to the project for the opportunity it has given her. Without it she would still be confined to home and dependent on her husband’s salary for income.