Ever since the young age, Usha has determinedly paved her way through life. Giving up her education after Grade 12, she entered married life, deterred from her original course yet undaunted by life’s dilemmas.
Who says that a woman with limited education and money cannot start her own digital service centre and simultaneously follow her passion? They have obviously never met the fierce force- Aarti.
Anju had a worn-out yet innately optimistic outlook on life. Hardship struck when she fell sick. Unable to look after her cattle and losing a fraction of the income she secured from her side jobs, business came to a perilous standstill. But Anju was ready to get her life back on track as soon as she recovered. Read her Story of Change here:
It is such a minor yet colossal moment when you take a step back and realise that the woman you were a year ago and what you have become now, is an entirely different person. Women are, by nature, resilient beings.
Taking the road less travelled is a courageous act, however, it is this road that leads us to unexpected and glorious destinations. One must start and then miraculously, one day, they will find themself at a crossroads with their older selves and smile at how far they have come. Rani Khan was a daily-wage stonemason and labourer.
It is farmers like Vinod Ram and their families who bear the brunt of poor land and water conditions with crop cultivation restricted to certain months of the year- leaving them without a source of income for the rest of the year. These farmers belong to various Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and are socio-economically marginalised.
Ms Suchim is a 57-year-old young-in-spirit entrepreneur. Hailing from the quaint Penkim Village, nestled in the Khongsa block of Kiphire District in Nagaland, she is a self-made woman overseeing the production of Kholar beans (an indigenous variety of kidney beans native to Nagaland). Suchim is part of the Agro Business Cluster in Nagaland which was set up by the Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF), a social enterprise- development initiative of Development Alternatives, with support of the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) in 2019.
For almost seven years Rajkumar Prajapati has been running an udayME kiosk in Niwari district, MP. Right after completing his Bachelor degree, he began seeking opportunities related to work. Like how ideas often strike at the oddest times, he received a request to assist in...
Nestled amidst the plains of a small town, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, lives Gauhar Fatima. Mother of two and the entrepreneur behind the Rope Weaving Cluster. The cluster is a green enterprise that upcycles industrial textile waste into ropes and then weaves it into different types of furniture. This is a traditional art of the weaving community in the region and this legacy is passed down through generations and women are the keepers of this tradition.
Usha Devi a resident of Mirzapur, lives with her husband and four children. She is the only breadwinner of her family as her husband is unemployed. With the responsibility of feeding her children she got registered with MGNREGA and would get seasonal employment as a farm labour as well. Her eldest son who does odd jobs and Usha together could only make ends meet.