Most of us take basic math for granted, unable to comprehend the fact that some people in rural India do not even have basic calculation skills. Twenty-eight years old Mohini from Delitalai village in Rajasthan is one such woman. This very reason led Usha to start Non-Formal Education classes, besides implementing the Silai School program in this region. As without basic numeric knowledge, these women cannot take measurements, sew or calculate monetary transactions in order to run their own Silai Schools or tailoring business.
Mohini knew a little bit of embroidery, through which she was associated with the Urmul Trust. So when Usha tied up with the Urmul Trust, it gave Mohini a chance to attend the Silai School programme and also take up Non-Formal Education classes. Her family was reluctant to send her for the seven-day residential training as they thought whatever little money that was coming from Mohini’s embroidery work would be lost too. But a determined Mohini, convinced her family members that after the training she would earn even more.
Once back, she started her Silai School with 10 students, charging a monthly fee of Rs.200 per student. She also earns a respectable amount from her sewing and embroidery work. Over the last two and a half years Mohini has managed to save around Rs 50,000 with which she is singlehandedly building a small pucca house for her family. From a girl who couldn’t do basic calculations to an entrepreneur and house builder, Mohini has come a long way.