Shashikant is 17. He lives in Konchi village (17km from Sangamner). There are 5 people in his family - a brother, a sister, and parents. His family is dependent on agricultural work for their livelihood, but the increasing droughts in recent years has made life unbearably difficult for them.
The family could no longer afford to send their children to school, which was quite a distance from the village. Shashikant began helping his father labouring on the farms instead, in order to supplement the family income. It looked like this was to be his life.
When NISD visited the village to identify the most needy, Shashikant was selected for free vocational training. Shashikant had wanted to be an electrician from a young age, so that was the course he studied. Shashikant now attends the course regularly and is a very attentive and interested student. Though it is expensive to travel into Sangamner everyday, the family know it is an investment in the future.
Shashikant's confidence is now manyfold, and he dreams of a meaningul and dignified life in the future. He and his family members are grateful to all those who have helped.