This is Rashida Banu Shaikh. She is 35 and lives with her two children and mother in Hubli, Karnataka. Her husband died about 15 years back in an accident.
She started teaching Arabic at home, but was finding it hard to make ends meet with the meagre income. Even basic needs were not being met.
Her life turned around when she was discovered by AWWA. Her daughter was sponsored by AWWA.
After that she attended AWWA's Entrepreneurship Program that gave her the confidence to become an entrepreneur. So she took out an interest-free loan of Rs. 5000 from AWWA's Microfinance and started a clothes business. Today this business helps her supplement her income and with the sponsorship, all her woes are over.
Many other women like Rashida have benefited from AWWA's Women focused interventions in skills training, entrepreneurship development, and micro-finance.
Ayiman Chopdar is a nine-year old cheerful little girl from Gadag in North Karnataka. Ayiman is a very active girl and gets A+ grades in class. She wants to become a teacher when she grows up. Aiyman loves skipping and playing Volley-ball.
Ayiman’s day begins at 6 am. She prays and then goes to a Madrassa. She finishes Madrassa by 8 am and then she helps her mother in household work. At 9 am she leaves for school by auto which is 2 Km far from her home. She comes back home at 4-30pm plays with her friends, does some school home work and plays with her younger brother. She has her dinner at 9 pm and goes to bed.
Ayiman’s mother got married when she was 18, to Abdul Aziz, who was an auto driver. He earned an average of Rs 2500 per month. God blessed them with two children - Ayiman now 9 years old and Faiyaz, now 4 years of age. Life was good, but unfortunately Abdul Aziz met with an accident. Subsequently diagnosed of brain tumour, he passed away despite their best efforts. Ayiman’s mother then moved to her mother’s home.
Ayiman’s studied till 10th standard but never had to work while husband was alive. Her family doesn’t let her work, but Parveen’s concern is for her children’s future. She learned about AWWA’s Sponsorship and came to our office and told us about her problems.
Through the financial help they received from AWWA, Ayiman is able to attend school and secures A+ grade in her exams. Ayiman likes to speak English.
To her donor, whom she has never met, Ayiman has to say, “Thank you very much donor for helping me in my education I want to make my studies higher thank you for supporting me”.
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