A journey of Despair and hope.


The Situation


Mrs. Rajani Devi is a 33 years young woman from village- Jatgad of district Rudraprayag of State of Uttarakhand. Mrs. Rajani Devi has completed graduation and soon after her education she got married to Mr. Gajpal Singh a resident of a nearby village Dangi which is located 8 km from her village in the district Rudraprayag. She led a normal married life with her husband despite his abusive nature. She was harassed all the time by her husband and his behavior became rude with every passing day, resulting in violence several times. Over the period it became unbearable for her and she decided to approach her parents. However, she was advised to continue living with her husband as her parents also made efforts to reconcile situation but to no avail. She was completely traumatized and finally she decided to leave her husband’s home. She came back, with her children’s, to her paternal home, for good, because of her husband’s rude and violent behavior. She filed separation case and sought divorce legally. Bearing the legal expenses and nurturing the small two babies became her parents’ responsibility.



The Case


Worried about her future the parents also looked for job for her. However, job opportunities especially for women are rarely available in remote villages like Jatgad, of Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Mrs. Rajni was crestfallen as she felt that she is a burden and this caused metal agony for her old aged parents. However, she kept looking for job.


The Change


Mrs. Rajani has been looking for some kind of training program that could have developed her employable skills. Incidentally she met Mrs. Sharmila Bagwari, The field extension staff of Appropriate Technology India (AT India) during one of training programs. She inquisitively asked her if she too could join the AT India program. Mrs. Bagwari explained her that AT India with the support of A T India is providing the training in sericulture and beekeeping / honey production in Rudraprayag. She joined the program picked up weaving skills very fast. Within this short period of time she has started earning of Rs. 5000 To 8000 per month.

Conclusion


She is now confident to live a life on her own and says that she is determined to learn weaving and design development of skills on handloom, which will be always with her and she will produce the design according to contemporary market needs to maximize her income in near terms.