Sarita is the wife of Kamlesh, living in village Donkhera, block Nangal Choudhary, district Mahendergarh, Haryana. She studied till seventh grade, and her family of four lives on an income of around INR 400,000, earned from construction work her husband is engaged in.
Initially, Sarita, in spite of being a capable woman did not believe in herself. However, she was always open to opportunities. When the development project implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation in her village, offered a forty-five day course on beauty skills, she joined it in February 2019. This course provided her with the needed confidence to set up a beauty parlor in the nearby town of Nangal Choudhary.
Sarita is an example of the immense potential of India’s rural women who, when given just a single modest chance, develop themselves significantly. She is a beautician, sells beauty products, and offers some jewelry and bridal outfits for rent. As of June 2019, Sarita earns an average of about INR 18,000 per month from her beauty parlor. Currently she is trying improve the interior and exterior décor of her beauty parlor and to promote it.
Authors: Naveen Pratap Singh and Ellora Mubashir
(Naveen is program lead, Agricultural Development and Ellora is communications specialist, Partnerships, at S M Sehgal Foundation)