Sharda’s family is residing in Sukewadi village . His father is working as agricultural labourer and her mother rolls bidi cigars. Sharda too started helping her mother in rolling bidis and dropped out of school 6 years ago.
Sharda has three sisters and two brothers. Her father has worked hard to marry all of the sisters, which costs a lot due to dowry customs. Due to the size of the family and their poor income, it is unbelievable the family can survive on the meagre income they generate.
NISD staff publicised the alternative livelihood training courses which the project runs. Sharda decided to go for tailoring course however her parents objected. As a 22 year old female it was not acceptable to let her attend something like this on her own. Furthermore, they didn't have the funds to pay for even the transportation.
NISD's staff visited and dialoged with them. They told them that 3 other girls from the village were attending the same course. The staff also obtained an old bicycle which Sharda could use for transportation, and thus she was able to attend and complete the course, making her much more confident generally. Following this, Sharda managed to arrange for herself a second hand sewing machine and has started to make money for her family through stitching clothes. Her parents are also now happy that she is no longer rolling bidis, but proudly running her own business.
Thus, another girl has been able to stop the noxious work of rolling bidi cigars thanks to your continued generosity and support.