Vijaya’s Story: vocational skills for a new start

Oct 5, 2018

Vijaya was left to raise her two daughters on her own. As they lived in poverty, she didn’t know how she’d cope. After being moved to a slum-resettlement community, she was able to participate in our vocational skills project which has given her a new confidence and income.

Pictured: Vijaya making bags as part of our project in India.

Vijaya married when she was 20 years old, and for a period of time everything seemed to be going ok. But, when her husband left her for another woman, she felt like her life became meaningless. She had no idea how she was going to raise her two daughters on her own, as they were already living in poverty.

Without a job and with her husband gone, Vijaya’s confidence was very low. She wanted to find a way of earning her own income for herself and her daughters so that she could have financial independence from her ex-husband, to be able to provide for her family.

Vijaya was moved into a slum resettlement community, where she’s been living for six-months. When she heard about our vocational skills training project there, run alongside our local partner organisation, Thozhamai, she was keen to take part. She joined the bag production training, which has grown her confidence in her ability lead and provide for her family.

She’s even begun preparing bags on her own and feels motivated to earn her own income so she can choose to spend her money how she wishes. Now, she’s determined to make her own business and to motivate other women in the neighborhood too.