Telling the tale: So as to document the ‘change’ in the lives of communities – the beneficiaries of social projects of companies and non-profits
In Focus: Jindal Stainless Foundation
Kshanaprava Nayak – daughter of Pramod Kumar Nayak from a remote rural village in Odisha, Kumbhiragadia – started working with JIIT Skill Training Centre in July 2017. She has three sisters and a brother. Her father is a primary school teacher and mother a housewife. Her father treats all his children equally and made sure they all had good education.
After completion of B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, Kshanaprava worked as a software designer and developer at Bhubaneswar and Ahmedabad. She came back home during 2017 and joined JIIT Computer Education Centre as one of the faculties.
Kshanaprava involved herself in the training centre and learnt all the processes such as teaching, imparting soft skills, mobilising and counselling parents and students, and admission campaign. Looking at her talent and capabilities, she was given the opportunity to manage the centre in self-financing mode, with support from Jindal Stainless Foundation (JSF).
On 1 January 2019, the JIIT centre was shifted from Trijanga Rehabilitation Colony to Danagadi proper. Here, in partnership with her colleague, Kshanaprava registered the centre as an MSME.
While the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown derailed the centre’s operations, Kshanaprava did not give up. She decided to revive it and did so with the help of JSF’s CSR field staff and students. Since around 20 students from Duburi area were unable to commute to Danagadi due to lack of access to transportation means, Kshanaprava decided to open a satellite computer education centre at Duburi.
This journey of Kshanaprava continues and is a great example of what initiative and self-belief can achieve with a little help and the right guidance at the right time.
Sangita Das, 30 years, comes from a lower middle class family in Jajpur, Odisha. She lives with her parents and brother. Her father lost his job at the local plant. Her mother is a housewife.
Sangita decided to build her career in the field of beauty and wellness. In 2014, after her graduation, she joined Jawed Habib Beauty and Wellness Training at Cuttack. Thereafter she was identified as a trainer by Sambhav Foundation, which was the executing NGO partner to run the beauty and wellness training course of Jindal Stainless Foundation. Sangita successfully trained 184 trainees.
After the agreement with Sambhav Foundation was over, Sangita was offered the opportunity to operate her own training centre. With the necessary infrastructure support in place, she opened her beauty and wellness centre at Danagadi. She has employed two girls at the centre and charges Rs 10,000 per trainee for the six-month course.
Sangita not only provides skill training but also motivates the trainees to become entrepreneurs. So far, she has placed 10 students in different parlours and encouraged 5 students to open their own parlours.
Meerabai Women’s Self-Help Group
Thirty-five-year-old Swarnalata and her husband, Rankanidhi Pal, were very poor and living in a thatched house in their village, Manatira. They have three daughters and a blind mother to take care of. Her husband was a tailor in the rural village and was earning a paltry sum. They were simply unable to make ends meet.
Swarnalata was one of the 10 women who became members of Meerabai SHG. They attended many training programmes on bookkeeping, accounting, food processing, agarbatti and candle making, papad and badi making, dairy, goat and sheep rearing, phenyl preparation, mushroom cultivation, etc.
Swarnalata went on to become the master bookkeeper of the SHG. She took up mushroom cultivation and badi making as business activities, and not only could afford her children’s education but also built a pucca house.
This feature is part of CauseBecause’s continuing endeavour to understand, facilitate and document impact of social projects.