Md Mukram Ali is from Shamshabad. His father MdKhader Ali was earlier doing petty business but due to health problems, he is now not working. Mukramï¿½s elder sister is working in a private School and his brother in a milk products shop and are supporting the family. He has two younger siblings still in school.
Mukram passed Std.XII and then joined in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at GMRV Center for Empowerment and Livelihoods-Hyderabad in Septemberï¿½17. GMRVF identified the spark in him and suggested he apply to study in US under Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) of US Department of State for 2018-19.
CCIP is the flagship program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States that supports Indian students to study in USA for one year. Entire expenses including airfare, lodging & boarding expenses, fees, books, medical aid etc. of the selected candidates will be borne by the US Govt. The candidate will be paid a monthly stipend to meet any other incidental expenses.
He is now going to study one year Certificate course in "Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning" at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem city, Pennsylvania State, USA.
Ms.Malatiis a 20 year old visually and hearing impaired women who hails from Bangalore. Malati was unable to complete her 10th grade due to her family's grim financial background. The family also lacked proper support and guidance in terms of special education thatMalaticould access. Malati comes from a family of four.The only earning member in the family was her father who earned a meagre amount working as a car driver. Unfortunately he was unable to find work on a regular basis. Malatialways dreamt of helping out her family financially, but was depressed that she could not find a job due to her disability and lack of formal education.
In this situation, her friends recommended she join the tailoring course at GMRVF Centre for Empowerment and Livelihood- Bangalore. Over the two month course, Malatilearnt the necessary skills required to be agoodtailor. She was a stellar student and one could often find her helping her batchmates improve their technique. After successful completion of her course, she got placed at the East West Foundation that makes dolls for the sole purpose of exporting. Her starting salary is Rs. 7,000 per month which means a lot to her family. Her family's financial condition has noticeably improved since they now have one person in the family with a stable job. Malati is extremely happy, that she is not only able to provide for her family but is also an inspiration to her younger sibling. She has also changed the social stigma among members of her neighbourhood and community who thoughta disabled personcould never be financially independent. To Malati, this achievement is not solely about money, but about the rise in her social status among her relatives and neighbours. As a woman, she is now a role model for many young girls in the neighbourhood.
Kulbushan was born and brought up in the village of Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. Hecompleted his secondary education and began to assist his father in the family owned kirana (general provision) shop. Kulbhushan was forced to take up the family business of running the shop, since he was the only son to his parents and his three elder sisters were married. He was not very happy with his life since he had no interest in running and managing the small provision store. He would just sit in the shop and cater to a handful of customers on a weekly basis. He always envisioned himself working for a big company in the city.
When GMR Varalakshmi Foundation organised a candidate mobilization drive in his small village in the mountains, he immediately signed up to join the Excavator Operator course at GMRV Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods- Delhi. Kulbhushan persuaded his parents to let him join the course and was ecstatic when he reached Delhi to join the course for the July-September 2014 batch. Kulbhushan enjoyed his stay in the city, making new friends and most importantly learning how to handle heavy machinery. Kulbhushan proved to be a hard worker and excelled in the course.
On successful completion of his course, Kulbhushan joined Hindustan Construction. Within months of joining as an Assistant Operator, he was promoted to the position of Operator. Kulbhushan now earns a monthly salary of Rs. 16,000 and is very happy. His parents are very proud of his achievement and are happy that he was able to fulfil his dream of living in the city. Kulbhushan gives motivational talks to the youths in his village whenever he visits his parents. He is an inspiration to countless youths, who are also inspired to work hard and achieve their goals.
Athram Raju from Jagityal of Karimnagar District (Telangana) lost his father while he was just completing his intermediate studies. Due to the sudden death of his father, who was the only stable earning member of the family, Raju was unable to pursue his higher studies. To make ends meet, his mother started working as an unskilled labourer. Raju was unable to bear the sight of his mother working in terrible conditions. To supplement her meagre income he took up a job in the nearby fields as an agricultural labourer.
One day he received information from his friend about the ï¿½Drywalls and False Ceilingï¿½ course at GMRVCEL (GMRV Centre for Empowerment and Livelihood), Shamshabad.He immediately approached the GMRVF staff and enrolled himself in the course. Raju picked up the tricks of the trade at lightning speed and successfully completed the course in February 2016. He got placed with a contractor of Saint Gobain India Pvt. Ltd ï¿½ Gyproc in Chennai.After 2 months of working in Chennai, his employer helped him find a job with a contactor in Sri City, Tada in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, so that he could be closer to his family.
Raju now earns Rs. 10,000/- per month and is provided with facilities like food and accommodation by his employer. He is extremely happy since he supports his family financially and his mother does not have to do menial labour anymore. Raju also credits GMRVF for not only helping him learn the trade, but also for providing training on soft skills that has greatly improved how he interacts with his employer and colleagues. Raju hopes to become a businessman and start his own business in ï¿½Drywall and False Ceilingï¿½ sector in the days to come.Raju also motivates the other youths in his village to dream big, set a goal and achieve the same.
Kilaka Singhu belongs to a tribal community from Mantrajola village in Vizianagaram District. Throughout his schooling, he was bullied by other students, since he hails from a poor tribal community. Some of the teachers too would not pay attention to him. His parents however worked hard as unskilled laborers, saving up their daily wages and ensured he completed his intermediate studies. He harbored a dream of someday establishing his own business. However his parents forced him to marry young as per the practice of his community. After marriage, he worked as a daily wage laborer just like his parents. He grew frustrated since this was never his dream.
At that point of time he was confused and anxious regarding his future until one day when his friends told him about NIRED (Nagavali Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development which is a joint venture of GMRVF and Andhra Bank). He approached NIRED and selected the Photography and Videography course. He underwent 30 days of intensive practical oriented training along with motivational classes. Kilaku also learnt the art of yoga at NIRED which helped him develop a positive attitude in his life. On hearing stories of his seniors from NIRED, he was once again inspired to establish his own business.
On completing the course, he confidently applied to State Bank of India for a loan of of Rs.60, 000/-and started aPhoto Studio and Xerox Centre in Kurupam town. His Centre quickly created a huge customer base and soon became the go to place for photocopy and photography. He was able to repay the loan quickly and now earns more than Rs.12000/- per month. Kilaku is a huge inspiration to young children and youths in his community, who look upto him as a hero. 1.
Kilaka Singhu says ï¿½I live a happy life with respect and dignity. NIRED showed me a better future and helped me to reach there.ï¿½