Skill Development

Breaking stereotypes

Manisha is a 32-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two children in Devale, Kolhapur.

Manisha is a 32-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two children in Devale, Kolhapur. Her husband barely earns enough to make ends meet and is burdened with debts.

Manisha discontinued her studies after the eighth grade and began working as a daily-wage labourer. She was married off by the age of 18. Her husband worked as a mason and had a hand-to-mouth existence. Manisha learnt some masonry techniques so that she could earn some extra income. Together, they tried undertaking some masonry contracts but couldn’t fetch any.

One day while she was headed to work, a stall that was set up by DHFL caught her attention the stall banner read “MASON”. She approached the DHFL team and got herself registered to learn advanced masonry techniques and seek placement support. She excelled all through the theoretical and practical sessions and emerged as one of the brightest students of her batch.

“This skill training has been a life changing experience for me. I realised that crying was not going to change anything, so I had to take charge of the situation myself and not depend on anyone.”

“Apart from teaching me masonry skills, the DHFL Skill Development centre has helped me hone my communication skills, thereby enhancing my employability and life at large.”

At one of the placement drives organized by the centre, Manisha got recruited by Vaibhav Welding & Constructions. She was designated as a “Centering Mistry” with a salary of INR 13,500 per month. With the help and support of the placement centre, Manisha and her husband started undertaking independent masonry contracts.

Manisha is an enterprising woman and has succeeded in improving her finances. She feels glad about her children being able to pursue education which once seemed like a distant dream.

“DHFL’s Skill Development programme came across as a silver lining in dark clouds. I’m grateful to the trainers for empowering me to support my family,” says a proud Manisha.


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