Sumathi, an Employee of Retail Chain Stores after Higher secondary education
LRC trainings and guidance have equipped me to deal with life. Thank you LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre), Coimbatore!” says a grateful Sumathi of Podanur
34-year-old Sumathi lives with her family in Podanur district of Tamilnadu. Her father is a retired railway employee, and her mother is a housewife. She has 2 siblings both of whom are earning. Sumathi is differently abled.
Sumathi says, “I felt as if I was a burden for my family after my school studies that made me very depressed. Desperately I looked for a way out of my difficulties when I saw an advertisement in the ‘Daily Thanthi’, our local Tamil newspaper. LRC, Coimbatore, was holding a mobilization camp and a job fair for the differently abled!”
With my Class 12 certificate from Thunivanikar Higher Secondary school in Accountancy, I decided to try my luck at the job fair. I prepared my resume and submitted it for registration at the LRC camp. The LRC staff and their trained volunteers were very kind. They counselled me and requested me to undergo their Foundation training and Personality development course at their office - which I did. LRC promised to get in touch with me the moment a job opportunity arose. Relieved and with some trepidation I returned home.
A fortnight later I got a call from the LRC staff. They told me that there was a job interview at Pazhamudhir Nilayam, a retail Shopping Mall. The work was in the billing section. LRC staff helped me to acquire some of the job skills.
Confidently, I attended the interview along with 12 other people with disabilities. I was recruited into the company’s billing section. I was familiar with data entry work but I found it hard to stand for a long time with my locomotor disability. I informed the HR (Human Resource staff) and the LRC Team about my difficulty. Soon the HR staff transferred me to the reception counter. My key role was to receive calls and connect customers to the right department. My company gave me ‘on the job’ training and guided me on workplace etiquette and communication.
I have now settled down in my new job. I am happy and comfortable with the work environment and the solidarity and support I receive from my colleagues. I earn Rs. 6000/- a month.
“I feel a sense of achievement. I feel the respect that my colleagues give me. I have developed a good reputation among my office workers and my relatives as well. Thanks to LRC and the management of Pazhamudir Nilayam who have gone out of their way to make me comfortable. I have requested my management to give me a bus pass which will greatly help me in my daily commute from Podanur,” says Sumathi happily
Looking at the future, Sumathi says, “I want to grow economically and socially too. I hope to get married one day. My family now thankfully supports me in all my decisions.”