The story began a year back, when Khushnuma, to whom we call Khushi with love, started getting training with Hunar. She is 16 years old, studying in class 10. A bright student with strong imagination and creativity. Her dream is to complete her studies and become a teacher. Her plight is that she is born as a girl child in a poor family of a small slum area of Ghaziabad, majorly dominated by Muslim community, who still believe that education are not meant for girls. Living in this constrained environment, Khushi continued working with us. She used to go to the school in the morning and work with us in the afternoon.
Everything was going fine; she completed her class 9th in first division and got promoted to class 10th. But one day in March 2016, all her dreams were shattered, she came to us sad and informed that her family had discontinued her studies. Although she continued working with us, but the evergreen smile of Khushi’s face was missing.
We visited her parents and were surprised to found that both her parents wanted to continue her studies but they succumbed under family and peer society pressure. Then we discussed the issue at length with her dadi, chacha, tau, her elder brothers and brothers of her age who all were the decision maker of the family. Unanimously they believe that studies are useless for her and in their family girls don’t study beyond class 4-5. Their thinking was that the environment these days are not safe for girls to step out of the house and go school. Also going school is a sheer wastage of money and time wasted in school, she can learn cooking food and take care of household chores that are going to help her in future.
It took us 5 month to convince her family about the importance of studies and how it can help her to manage her house and children in future. Being poor, we could understand the financial burden on the family to teach her, but with the earnings which she is making after working with us, she is now able to support her studies.
We wish her all the very best for her future and commit to support all the girls, we come across to give them a life of dignity.
Wish you all a Happy Independence Day from Team Craftpreneur !
Craftpreneur, a social enterprise, is creating a great impact in the present living condition of down trodden class of females of our society by providing them livelihood and blooming the hidden talent in them. Recently we got the chance to connect with this amazing social startup through our NSS festival named as “Kaizen” and we saw the level of dedication and hard work, they put in the upliftment of poor sections, through their handicrafts and various other items made by the poor women of different parts of our society. It was an amazing experience and we really appreciate the kind of step they have taken in empowering women through their talent. Love to connect with this organization !
Zaheer Hassan Siddiqui
Former NSS Secretary
Craftpreneur is a social enterprise with the objective to uplift artisans and help them in getting a regular source of income, giving self-employment prospects to under privileged people.It has been working for the development of underprivileged women and girls by creating livelihood for one and half years.
Craftpreneur provides training to these women under its training wing “HUNAR” to follow their goals. They are making renewable, eco-friendly and recycled products. I really appreciate the work they are doing to empower women.
It’s my pleasure to be connected with Craftpreneur.