My husband is a casual labourer and his job is fairly seasonal. He gets money only during festivals and my younger son works at a motor bike repair shop. His income is meagre and is not constant. Through Gudri and Ladli work, I have discovered a constant flow of income, which lets me lead a peaceful and dignified life. With Gudri’s self-help group I was able to take money when my husband was broke and it helped us sustain through the economic turmoil.
My physical disability doesn’t bother me anymore. Here I enjoy making Kaftans, pom-pom, cushion cover and other products. I come to Gudri to learn and work and we get to meet different people with whom we can share our joys and sorrows. I don’t have to beg or plead for money but I earn it respectably and help my family grow.
It is the first time that I have stepped out of my house and joined Ladli. My husband doesn’t approve me of going out to work because it is not safe. But he let’s me come and work here at Ladli. I can even bring my little boy here. After working here I have gain a lot of confidence and have even motivated my husband who used to work often. Now I can contribute in my family’s expenses and have peace at home.
We live in a very conservative family and there are so many things that puts us down every day. I come to Ladli because it is the only place that lets me forget all my worries and I can smile and have fun here. My husband is fighting with Cancer and it is very expensive. I am glad I was working and earning at Ladli so that I could use my own funds in this time of trouble.
Afsana is a young adult who has been brought up and provided care and education at i-india´s Children Home. Now she is a student of fine arts in Rajasthan Univefrsity and has been trained in skills like jewelry designing and handicraft making at Ladli vocational training and empowernment centre. As a part of financial education she has also invested her savings and income generated through Ladli in fix deposits and she is now using this income towards living and independent life.
Earlier I was destroyer and now I am a creator… Jumma is one such young adult who is now leading a sustainable life with dignity. Empowered at Ladli and protected by I-India he is overcoming all odds in his life and now determined and working towards a better future not only for him but also for his beloved family. What an inspirational and transformational journey of this typical railway station boy.