“After the demise of my husband, I had to completely shoulder the responsibility of taking care of my two children. I joined the Sangham in our village as I felt the need for support and guidance. Earlier, women in our village had no space of their own; men made all the decisions and did not like our presence in the meetings. RDT teams started awareness camps in Sangham and interaction with women within and outside our village. We members were told many things which were not known to us earlier and along with improving my articulation skills, I also learnt a lot about education and health.
Sangham became our collective strength. RDT trained me as a Community Health Worker, popularly called CHW. I also gained tailoring skills with the help of RDT and even obtained a loan from Women Development Fund to buy a sewing machine. I am happy that I am not dependent on outside labour anymore because I earn enough with my tailoring. My son is doing his technical course while my daughter is studying for her graduation and I am able to support their education. Today, I am the leader of SHG in our village and by taking this lead role in the management of the Group, I learnt a lot on social issues and became independent in managing financial transactions. My self-confidence has improved a lot, for which I am very grateful to RDT.” – Ms. Nagamma, P. Kondapuram Village, Pamidi Area
“I never thought that a single skill such as tailoring would bring about a great level of financial independence for me and my family.”