Prior to attending classes at the project Pooja, 20, was living with her mother in a rented single room with only a tin roof for shelter. She had hopes of buying a home for herself and her mother however with only her mother’s 4,000 Rupees monthly income to support them, there was little prospect of improving their situation. Her reliance on her mum for support left Pooja with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. The project leader described her as sincere but initially very timid and reluctant to take part in class activities.
Pooja saw other young women in the neighbourhood benefit from the project classes in the area and decided to attend the computer and English courses. She noticed a rapid boost in her confidence as a result of attending the classes. Despite not having much funding for travel she was managed to attend classes every day for three months. Her tutors helped her search for job openings and helped her with interview preparation and guidance.
Pooja now has a position as a call operator where she uses the skills she gained during her time with the project. With her 6,000 Rupee monthly salary she was able to help buy a place for her and her Mother as well as a gas stove to replace the brick oven 'chulha' they had been using. She has encouraged other women in the area to join the projects classes and her friends have commented on how much happier she has become since qualifying from vocational training.
"I am very much liking my life I took some loan we have our own house - small tin walls but we have our own shelter. And now we have cooking gas also, before we cook on 'chulha' - very much trouble.
Green Tara Foundation [the project] give me support to search for a job, they prepared me for interview.
I faced the interview very confidently, and I got the job because of Green Tara's vocational training"