Rasda’s story is a familiar one of deprivation of the girl child from the dotted, dusty hamlets of North India. Born into a poor Muslim family of Broat, Haryana she is the youngest of four children. Her father a Maulvi by profession works in the local mosque, earning around Rs 20,000 yearly. A meager amount that is too little to support a family of six let alone satisfy Rasda’s quest for education.
Rasda was forced to quit her studies after completing her Higher Secondary. She was told if she wanted to study further, she had to do so at her own expense. Nestling a dream for higher education, she began learning the basics of sewing at a local NGO. Thereafter she underwent seven days of extensive training at a USHA Silai School. Passing out with a USHA Sewing certificate, she went on to establish her own Silai School.
Today, she is the only woman entrepreneur in her village – setting up a tailoring business from which she earns around Rs 18,000 a year. As a teacher she charges Rs 300 per month from her students for an extensive six months course. According to her the Usha Sewing certificate helped to establish her credentials as a sewing teacher. Ever eager to pursue a higher education, she got herself enrolled at the local college and today is a BA final year student.