Charles, a businessman in Carpentary
The carpentry tool kit for self-employment support provided by the Livelihoods Resource Centre helped me set up my own business!
Charles narrates his success story as below:
“I live in Chennai City. My father died when I was 2 years old and a year later my mother left home to get remarried. Fortunately for me and my sister Teena, who is two years older than me, my Aunt Velankanni was there to take care of us. My aunt worked as a housemaid in the nearby households to feed us and look after us. She sent us to school and supported us in our studies on her meager monthly salary of Rs.4500/-.
After completing my 5th standard, I lost interest in studies. To earn my livelihood, I decided to take up carpentry in which I have been interested from a very young age. In the beginning I received small carpentry jobs from houses in the vicinity. Slowly I learnt my trade and built up my skills. My reputation soon spread. I became well known in Egmore for my benches, cupboards and tables. I worked very hard to complete orders on time. My only regret was that I did not have all the carpentry tools necessary to start my own carpentry shop. Tools are expensive and I did not have the money to buy them.
I learnt about the Livelihood Resource Centre set up at LC Project Nagapattinam (LCPNP) and their work to economically empower people with disabilities by equipping them with training and finding placements for them. LC also advises and supports the disabled who want to set up their own businesses. I approached them for self-employment support.The LC team helped me buy a tool kit costing Rs.5290/ - so important for my carpentry work. They now keep in regular touch with me and try to source orders so I can sustain my business.
Today I run a successful carpentry business from my home in Egmore. I earn around Rs. 300/- to 400/- a day. My sister is married and lives in Puliyanthoppu with her husband. My earnings take care of my needs and also support my aunt and sister’s families as well. I am happy with my work and the way my business is improving. I am confident I will be able to get a big order in future. My gratitude to LCPNP team and their support! Without your help I would not be where I am today.”