Ismail Purkait, owns a independent Tailoring unit in Raidighi, West Bengal
I am very happy at present because I can earn and supplement my family’s income. Besides I am doing a job which interests me most.”, says Ismail
Ismail Purkait lives in Raidighi, a rural area of South 24 Parganas, in the State of West Bengal and has speech and hearing impairment. He belongs to a poor family. His brother Abdullah Purkait, who runs a small business, is the main bread winner of this 5-member family.
Ismail says, “I could not complete my studies due to financial reasons but I always had a keen and abiding interest in tailoring from childhood. A few years ago I completed a 2-year tailoring course but was unable to proceed further. Meanwhile, I met the team from Livelihood Resource Centre (LRC) at Serampore, Kolkata in March 2017. I told them about my interest in pursuing a vocation in tailoring. LRC registered my name, assessed my skills and abilities. They counseled me. They were aware that I had some knowledge in tailoring. But I needed another session in tailoring to refurbish my skills further, they felt.”
Ismail relates, “LRC gave me right guidance and encouragement. They encouraged me to take up their Foundation Training and a job-related counseling session. These sessions motivated and helped me to gain in confidence - equipping me with skills to talk and deal with people, counting and simple arithmetic, to dress neatly, etc. My 6-day training in tailoring in March 2017 enhanced my knowledge. Soon I was able to grab tailoring contracts from Jalal Purkait, an individual tailoring contractor.”
“I am very pleased with Ismail’s work. He is highly skilled and very good in his work!” says Jalal Purkait, his employer.
Ismail says enthusiastically, “I started earning Rs.4000 per month doing contractual jobs. I managed to get a good contract from Raidighi area alone. I am very happy at present because I can earn and supplement my family’s income. Besides I am doing a job which interests me most.”
Ismail says appreciatively, “LRC team supported me in getting a job in my own locality. I can now support my elderly father and the rest of my family members! Seeing my progress many of my friends who are challenged like me are seeking the help and guidance of LRC-Serampore. They are impressed with their quality trainings and most of all with their placement assistance!”
LRCs are the brain child of Leonard Cheshire Disability, an international organization working among people with disability. LRCs form a part of Leonard Cheshire’s ‘Access to Livelihood’ program - which is highly regarded the world over. It has been implemented successfully in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and in South Africa. This program is financially supported by Accenture Foundation. Together with Accenture, Leonard Cheshire Disability is spreading knowledge and awareness on disability issues to provide the special people a fair chance to lead a sustainable and compassionate lifestyle.