Sujatha, a Data Entry Operator in SMM Infotech in Bangalore
Self-confidence and a belief in my abilities by others are key to success", says Sujatha
"Little did I, Sujatha VK, now 28 years old, know that I would be working as a Data Entry Operator for a company called SMM Infotech in Bangalore, India. At 3 years old, I was diagnosed with polio, which affected the mobility in my right leg.
My family, mother and 3 brothers lived in a remote village called Vaizakuru in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. All my 3 brothers work in Agriculture and are now married.
Despite having had polio, this didn’t prevent me from completing all my high school work and gaining a Diploma in Computer Science. I was keen to put this knowledge to good use and hoped to acquire a job.
A friend of mine introduced me to the Livelihoods Resource Centre at the Cheshire Home in Bangalore and their training activities. After a few tests, they suggested that I attend an IT course to learn how all the programmes work, including Microsoft Word, Excel, email, internet and some English. As well as developing my IT skills, the training helped to improve my confidence levels and communication skills.
After just one month, I was ready to take the next step and was interviewed for a role as a Data Entry Operator. I got the job! I earn INR 8000 a month whilst on 3 months’ probation, when my salary will be revised.
The Cheshire Home in Bangalore gave me an opportunity and support and then connected me to a suitable company based on my ability. This was a great help and now I feel confident and happy.", says Sujatha.
Supporting the people with disabilities to lead a life of success are the LRCs! LRCs are part of the ‘Access to Livelihood’ program started by Leonard Cheshire Disability, an international organization. Their path-breaking initiative is ushering in change in the lives of the persons with disabilities in countries of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and in South Africa.