Neha Sharma, an Employee of IBM
“I am very happy with the work environment. I am satisfied with my salary package. I do not have to depend on others now. I am not only able to look after my own needs I can support my family as well.”
Hello, I am Neha. I belong to a middle class family. I live with my parents and brother in Palam village in New Delhi. My father worked as a pattern maker in a garment export company. Four years ago he was stricken by a paralytic attack and because of his prolonged illness he lost his job.
When I was 2 years old I was hit by a tractor. Ever since then I have been orthopedically disabled. My father’s illness and my own disability saddened me. I felt there was no hope for a better future.
To meet our basic needs, we decided to rent some rooms in our house. I was struggling to find a job. I was finding it difficult to get a job suited to my qualifications. I did not know whom I could turn for help.
In my day-to-day life, I have faced many challenges, whether it was doing daily household chores or commuting to school. During these years my family was a big support to me. I wanted to be independent and not dependent on others financially or other-wise.
During their baseline survey, EFICOR LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre) staff met Neha. They noted that she was sincere and hard working. She was ready to face life’s challenges. She had the ability and interest to learn and had a very positive attitude. They requested to come and register with them.
Neha continues, “LRC staff invited me to join the English communication classes. They encouraged me to take up Personality Development classes which involved learning soft skills, communication, stress management, basic computer and interview skills. All this was free of cost! They also paid for my travel during my training at LRC.
I was completing my third year in B.Com then. To pay for my college fees, I started holding tuition classes for school children. Today, I have graduated in B.Com with subjects like accountancy and book-keeping.
LRC supported me in attending interviews at job fairs. In December 2014 I was given an opportunity to appear for an interview with IBM, a global software company. You can imagine my joy when I was selected to work in IBM’s finance department, one of the most reputed companies in Delhi. I am so proud to be an employee of IBM! The company has also provided me with transport facility.
Overwhelmed with happiness, Neha says, “I am very happy with the work environment. I am satisfied with my salary package. I do not have to depend on others now. I am not only able to look after my own needs I can support my family as well.”
Livelihoods Resource Centres are one-stop shops - providing training courses, career guidance and counseling, and opening employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This network of LRCs managed by implementing partners of Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) helps in implementing ‘The Access to Livelihoods’ program which is financially supported by Accenture.