Siya* has always had a passion for dance and she is extremely talented. SNF paid for her to get dance lessons. The top floor of our New Delhi center was then converted into her dance studio where she teaches students of all ages during the day. Her mother is very sick so she has had to be the main income provider for her family (of nine). She has been able to earn enough money through her dance classes to help her family secure a new home through her dance classes and been able to provide for them. It’s been wonderful to be able to support her passion.
We call Sandhya* our unofficial “office manager” she is always walking around with the office laptop helping Monika with operational tasks. When is she not helping, she has her nose in a book studying or reading a newspaper. One day she came into the centre one day in tears. It was time for her engagement. She was not ready and did not want it to happen. The staff met with her family & convinced them that if she passed her 12th grade exams she would be able to make much more money long term (than prostitution). We helped her enrol in NIOS and paid her school admission fees, books, and school supplies. Her family has changed their mind completely on education and is now supportive of her possibly attending college.
Sachi* first came to our centre to better living for her son. She was married when she was 14 Her son is 8 years old. She was one in our first three month training class in May 2014. She is extremely hard-working and creative. We promoted her to a full-time production manager at the end of last year. She is able to provide for her son and herself. She helps teach the other women. She is responsible for quality control. It’s been really amazing watching her confidence grow this last year as a manager. We hope to develop many other managers like Sachi in the future!