Purnimasi Devi was born to a very poor family. Unlike most rural families, the family didn’t even own land to earn a living through farming. They survived on the allowance her father received as a local Schoolteacher, which again wasn’t steady – with the school being a remote non-provincialized one; it wasn’t eligible for Government grants. Thus even their only source of income was irregular.
Meanwhile, Usha with the help of a local NGO partner People Devolvement Society, had set up a Silai School in her village – Kontha Ahallup Makha in East Imphal district. Purnimasi was one among ten other village women who underwent sewing training at the school. Besides sewing and machine repairing skills, the course gave her enough confidence to set up her own Silai School.
Gradually, her Silai School gained momentum and girls from near and far started attending her classes. Today, there are about 22 learners (including a male student) enrolled in her Silai School, allowing her to earn as much as Rs 4,700 per month. Purnimasi now, wants to add another section to the school to accommodate more people.
“Our Purnimasi is 31 years old, today. It is beyond our imagination that one of my daughters can acquire such skills and is able to do such significant work.” Ms Ibempishak Dev (Purnimasi’s mother)