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Our stories of change will tell you some inspiring and interesting human/enterprise stories


There is sunshine after every storm cloud

Distraught in poverty, Manisha was slowly losing hope in everything around her. A family of five (two daughters and a son), her husband did not earn much to sustain everyone. A community resource person from Development Alternatives (DA) showed her a ray of hope. Through her help, she attended numerous interviews. She underwent a logistics training programme conducted by DA under the Women Empowerment through Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship Access, and Digitalisation project (WE-LEAD), which helped her secure a job. She was placed at one of the warehouses owned by DB Schenker.  Through hard work, she was promoted from a picker in the warehouse to a scanner position.


Fighting all odds

Chanchal, a 21-year-old girl, who fights all odds to support her family. She yearns to travel to new places, complete her higher education, and work in big companies. A girl from the small village of Pelpa, Badli, Haryana was made to drop her studies after class 12 to focus on household chores. Her zeal to achieve financial independence led her to join our  Women Empowerment through Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship, Access, and Digitalisation (WE-Lead) project in 2021. In the project, she underwent logistics training with her mother's support. Today, she works as a Data Entry Operator and supports her family. Her unwavering spirit keeps her fighting for her rights.


Narendra Kushwaha: An inspiring entrepreneur

The inspiring story of a young entrepreneur Narendra Kushwaha who lives in Rajapur village, Madhya Pradesh. After being inspired by his wife's tailoring shop, he set up his electrical energy-efficient LED bulbs making enterprise in 2019. But during the lockdown in 2020, he understood the changing needs of the people. He underwent the "ILO certified Start Your Business Training '' Under our Work4Progress programme and invested in a computer to set up a micro-ATM facility. Now, he has been able to provide internet services locally to cater to the villagers' needs.


Santosh – An Inspiration for All

Like all mothers, I too have a dream," says Santosh, a mother of three children living in Badli, Haryana. This is an inspiring story of a mother who turned into employment after her husband's accident. She enrolled herself in the ongoing logistics training under the LEAD programme in 2021 on warehouse operations with the help of one of the project's Community resource person. She got placed with Reliance in the function of a picker. Today, she is earning INR 11,500/- per month, and she wants to build up an exigency fund.


Shradha Tiwari - The real support system

Shradha Tiwari is the sole proprietor of 'Maa Shardha Garments,' a saree store. Inspired by her husband's enterprise, she set up her enterprise in 2020 with the help of udyaME. Today, she is helping her husband expand her husband's readymade garment store and mutually secure a comfortable future for their children. In partnership with RangDE, DA enables social investors to support unbanked communities' livelihood and education needs.

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