I contracted Polio at a very young age. Through years of struggle and practice, I was finally able to walk without a stick when I was 7 years old. However, due to my disability, I was often mocked at school. After the sudden demise of my father in 2001, I dropped out of school and started working at a welding shop for a meagre salary of Rs. 2000 per month.
In 2002, I joined the Vikalangula Sangham in my village where the members gave me a lot of confidence and even suggested that I get married. After much difficulty, a family allowed me to wed their daughter in 2004 – but again I was faced with the issue of financially securing my new family.
RDT helped me in setting up my own welding shop. They provided me with Rs. 25,000 as capital, and helped in securing Rs. 20,000 from a bank and Rs. 50,000 from other sources – a total of Rs. 95,000. Thus, I was able to purchase modern machinery and establish my own shop. Today, I earn Rs. 15,000 every month and have repaid my loans and bills. I have 2 sons who are receiving good education in a private school and I am able to meet the financial needs of my family. I have even hired 2 workers for my welding shop and pay them Rs. 3000 every month. People in my village recognise me and respect my family.
Zilan Basha, Kudair Village, Ananthapuram District
“I now guide other Persons with Disabilities and tell them my own story of struggles and success through RDT”