Shaik Valiyabi is a computer operator at Employees Provident Fund Regional Office, Guntur!
"I feel disability is never a hindrance. We can lead a productive life if we get a supporting environment to boost our confidence."...says Shaik Valiyabi
I am Shaik Valiabi. I am 30 years old. I live in Guntur city in eastern India in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
I feel disability is never a hindrance. We can lead a productive life if we get a supporting environment to boost our confidence. My life is a good example of that. I am a woman with locomotor disability. My lower limbs were affected by poliomyelitis when I was two. I belong to the minority community of Muslims.
I fell in love with my husband and married him after I completed my diploma from the Polytechnic Institute in Guntur. My husband is very nice. He encourages me and supports my decisions. My family is not at all interested as my husband is a Hindu. Parents from both our families did not accept us.
My husband is a driver. His income is insufficient and we were finding it difficult to meet our day to day expenses. It was then that I decided to enhance my skills and get a job.
I enrolled myself at the Livelihood Resource Centre (LRC) of LCDDP (Leonard Cheshire Disability Development Programme) in Guntur. I attended their R2S (Ready to Succeed) program. The training motivated me to acquire more skills. I joined a computer training program in Bright Computers with the support of LCDDP. I successfully completed my course in Tally (an accounting program).
LCDDP facilitated my placement at Granites Company as a data entry operator and accountant on a salary of Rs.8000/- per month. A few days later I got an opportunity to join the Regional Office at EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) as a data entry operator on a salary of Rs.12000/- per month. I now dream of living in my own house and educating my children in a good institution. I am grateful to LCDDP and EUIL (European Union India Livelihoods) project for all their support in building my career.
EUIL project was started in January 2016. It aims to provide employment to 5000 people with disability during its 3-year course. It is also collecting information on the rights to livelihood and employment of people with disability.
EUIL works along with 5 project partners in Delhi and in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. LCDDP is one of its partners.