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Suresh Nadigadda - 21-year Old Youth Turns Young Entrepreneur in His Village

21 year old Suresh from Warangal is the youngest member in a family that comprises his parents, 2 older brothers and sister-in-law. His father and eldest brother are daily wage workers while his second brother is a mobiliser. Before Suresh started earning, the total family income was around Rs. 6500. When he quit his B. Pharmacy midway due to lack of interest, his brother informed him about the EyeMitra program taking place at Warangal.

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K Vennala - Village Girl Turns Entrepreneur at 19

Vennala is a 19 year old girl from Warangal who has completed her education till 10th standard. She was unable to finish her HSC due to the sheer distance between her government school and house. She lives with her parents, brother and sister, both siblings being older than her. Her father is a farmer and the family was below poverty line before Vennala began to earn. She found out about the EyeMitra program through a LabourNet mobilizer who played an important role in convincing her parents to allow her to join the program.

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Rekha Sashidhar - Vocational Training Boosts a Housewife’s Professional Aspirations

Life gives second chances to those who believe in themselves, and 30-year-old Rekha from Bangalore is a prime example of this saying. Rekha is a qualified B.Com graduate who is married to Sashidhar, a trainee at Idea Telecommunications, and is the mother of two sons. On being asked why she was unemployed even though she was a commerce graduate, she states openly, “My family was not supportive enough.”

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Anita Maske - Skilling Helps Unemployed Homemaker Discover her Professional Self

While dreams can be many, realistic goals come only through knowledge and experience. Anita Maske, a 10th qualified housewife hailing from Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, was always passionate about makeup and beauty treatments. Married for 12 years, her husband was capable enough to take care of her small family. However, her aspirations pushed her to dream of something bigger for herself, especially in the beauty sector.

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Raveendra Shetty - Upskilling takes a Farmer's son to New Heights

Some say life is like a bicycle, and one must keep moving else there is the risk of falling off. It appears that 33-year old Raveendra Shetty, hailing from Bengaluru’s KR Puram, would subscribe to this philosophy. After completing his 10th standard, Raveendra enrolled in an ITI course and worked as an electrical maintenance person. He chose to join the three-month long Electrical Course as it was a certification program and he believed that a certificate held great value in his field of work.

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Subarna Mondal - Vocational learning transforms school dropout into aspiring entrepreneur

As long as a person keeps moving forward, he or she will enjoy the fruits of labour. 21-year old Subarna Mondal had to drop out of formal education after clearing her twelfth standard examinations due to her family’s financial trouble. She is one of four children in an eight-member household including her parents and grandparents. She took to making the most of her education by teaching some students in her neighborhood. One of Subarna’s friends who had enrolled for HUL Prabhat and LabourNet Beauty & Hair Care course in Haldia told her about the program. Subarna decided to join this course as it “seemed interesting and more lucrative” than her current work.

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Prabhakaran - Tenacity and Ambition Opens Doors for Young Entrepreneur

22 year old Prabhakaran says, matter-of-factly, “I was poor in studies and my family was poor in finances, although my father owns a goods vehicle that generates some income. What choice did I have other than to look for work?” As fate would have it, family’s economic conditions kept Prabhakaran awake at nights while he was pursuing his degree. Needless to say, he failed in a few subjects and decided not to sit for arrear exam. Instead, he began to look for a job that would help support the family.

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Mahalakshmi - Skilling Programme Gives Hope to Impoverished Family

Mahalakshmi had just reached the threshold of adolescence when her father, a daily wage mason, fell ill and got bedridden due to excessive alcohol consumption. Her two younger sisters were mere kids at the time. Their mother, a housekeeper employed in SIPCOT IT Park in Chennai, was always at the helm of family affairs due to her husband’s irresponsible ways. “My mother had to take care of the family as well as the financials ever since I was a little girl. Father has always lamented that mother could not give him a son, so he started drifting away”, says Mahalakshmi.

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M Joshi - Visually impaired turns refractionist

“For a long time I have had problem with my eyesight, but my family didn’t pay heed as they were too busy trying to make ends meet and put food on our plate,” says Mittagadapala nonchalantly. But that didn’t deter her from pursuing her dreams of standing on her feet and earning a decent livelihood. Mittagadapala Joshi is 24 years old hailing from a small town called Janagaon in Telangana. Joshi’s parents were daily wage earners and the family income was only INR 5000 every month.

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G Bharathi - Young Mother Gets Back on the Career Track through Vocational Training

Sometimes you are dealt a card which completely changes how you play the game of cards that is life. G Bharathi is a 24-year-old woman who experienced this first hand. She is a class ten pass out who had to abandon the degree she was pursuing after marriage from an open university as she became pregnant. Bharathi is married to Jai Anna who is a tailor having a monthly income of INR 12,000.

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Magesh - Reskilling enables career growth

Magesh belongs to an agricultural family in Injambakkam, Chennai, where his father is a full-time farmer. He completed SSLC and could not pursue studies further as the financial condition of his family was pitiable and he had to start working at a very young age to support his family. Every day he used to go to the paddy field with his father and help him with work. The agricultural yield was not enough to support the entire family of five members. His two sisters were younger than him and were studying in school. He never wanted them to leave school like he did.

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Thiyagarajan - Skill upgradation helps man get a salary increment

Thiyagarajan, son of Namachivay, resides in Chinamanikund, Pondicherry. The 35 year old hair stylist could not complete his formal education due to dire circumstances in his family. “I could study only till eighth standard after which I had to drop out because of family issues. Also, the standard of education was poor at school and I was losing interest with each passing year”. Thiyagarajan joined a local hair styling saloon and slowly learned the basics of the hair grooming trade. He is only earning member in the family and has to support his five-member family with a meagre earnings of INR 3500.

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Elumalai - Hair Styling certification Facilitates Youth in Getting a Job raise of 50%

Elumalai is a resident of Chinamanikund, Pondicherry. The twenty six year old had to drop out of school in the early years due to many difficulties faced by the family. Owing to the lack of any formal education, Elumalai had to take up odd jobs. Somehow, he was able to find a job as a barber and started learning the basic skills sets for this profession. He lives with his father, Kanayan, his mother and his brother who is currently studying. Elumalai was the only earning member of the family and he was able to generate a monthly income of INR 8000.

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