Stitching the loose ends of life

Three months ago, Ashu Dhurve, 19, never knew how to stitch even a single cloth but now she not only stitches her own clothes but of the whole neighborhood. The loose ends of her life are stitched. She and her sister have decided to open a Tailoring Shop in their house.

Tailoring Training Center of SAMMAN (Social Animation of Marginalized Migrants and Nomads) supported by Caritas India is shaping the future of many underprivileged people and turning them into a confident person. The Center is supported by Caritas India through its Micro Project to impart stitching lessons to the marginalized section of the society to enhance their livelihood.

Ashu always wanted to do some good job, better earning and help her family to live a better and dignified life but did not know how. Hailing from ‘Meera Nagar’, an Urban Slum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, with her four siblings and parents was very difficult. Ashu managed to complete her 9th standard but due to lack of money, she dropped her studies as her parents could not afford her studies from their daily labor.

“I always wanted to do some good job, better earning and help myself, my family to live a better and dignified life but couldn’t find the way. Initially, I had no idea how to change my life but through regular counseling by the animators/staff of SAMMAN and attending some orientation program, I realized that this could be that opportunity, what I was looking for to transform mine and my family’s life. On a very next moment without wasting time, I along with my two sisters joined the tailoring training center”, says Ashu.

Things started changing from the time she joined the tailoring classes. Now, she could see a purpose in her life, the tailoring came naturally to her. She has started earning Rs.100 – 500 per day which is a greater milestone for her in changing the lives of her family.