Both Palaniammal and her husband are victims of HIV/AIDS, the disease to which she lost her husband shortly after marriage. Left behind with a stigma of a disease and two young girls, Palaniammal’s world cast a gloomy shadow, filled with trials and tribulations.
Living as an outcast from friends and family due to the HIV infection, Palaniammal worked as a coolie, earning too little to support her family of three. Her medical condition also rendered her useless, as she was unable to work for long under the blistering southern sun. The thought of ending her life along with that of her two little girls was never far from her mind. Things changed when Society for Service Humanity (SSH) identified her to undergo sewing training under the Usha Silai School initiative and NMCT (Native Medicare Charitable Trust).
The training helped her to earn a decent living, and ensure that her two girls received a sound education at the local school. Today, besides running a Silai School she also makes all kinds of women’s clothing, earning Rs 2000 per month.
The once harassed women states “At the moment I feel very proud of the opportunity availed by NMCT in co-operation with the SSH and Usha International Ltd which lightened my life and set it on the right track…”