Within Nine months of losing her husband, Manishaben received the five weeks training in computers, appeared for several interviews, secured a job for herself and this is not all, she is also pursuing her first year LLB. Quite different to those who emotionally break down, ambitious and determined Manisha is supported by her father.
While Manishaben Patel gained experience by working as a computer trainer at the Ahmedabad Centre, in the meantime, efforts of market linkage made by the coordinators of the Ahmedabad Centre paid off.
For the first time in her entire life Manishaben at the age of 38 would be working as an administrative assistant with Wapster Net Link Private Limited Company. INR 5000 can be considered as her first salary. Though she would be on a six months probation, she would receive an increment of INR 1500 once confirmed. If she would continue working with the same spirits as she is now, her salary would increase to INR 15000 as promised to her by the company.
When Mr. Bhanderi, Social Defense Officer of Ahmedabad District asked Mansiha about the changes in her after the training, she very boldly said that she is confident and has begun to value her innate abilities. She also said that she still feels the need to keep updating herself and has a desire to learn tally and learn more about hardware.
She acknowledged the hard work put in by the trainers at the centre and is grateful not only to Project ‘Life’ but the Government of Gujarat too, for having developed such training for widows. However, she wished if the rule of the age limit being 35 for widows to apply for Government jobs could be increased from 35 currently many more widows will be able to avail the benefit of such a scheme.
We are the helpless widows helped through the vocational training by Saurashtra Medical & Educational Charitable Trust, Project ‘Life’ which is working as the implementing agency with 100 % Grantof Director, Social Defense Department of Women & Child Development Department of Government of Gujarat. We are thankful to the Women & Child Development Department of Governmant of Gujarat and Project ‘Life’ organization. We are looking forward to the continuous support.