Vrushali Dengle, has studied till the 9th grade. She is a housewife with two children. Initially lacking confidence, she wanted to do something that would make her financially independent and help her support her family. She heard about the Pune Entrepreneur Training Center through Pratham’s mobilizers. With the center being close to her home, Vrushali was able to enroll. She was interested in the Beauty course and attended her classes regularly, eager to learn new techniques and tricks to the trade. She also simultaneously enrolled in the Foundation Course so as to hone her soft skills while helping her increase her confidence and basic mathematics. Post completion of the course, she appeared for the examination and scored 86%. She expressed her interest to be selected for support to start her own micro enterprise and post screening, was selected for the same.
Today, she has fulfilled her dream of being financially independent. She runs her own beauty parlour and is earning well, between INR 6,000 – INR 7,000 per month. She says, “I have been living here for the last five years but no one knew me. Today, after completing the course through the Entrepreneur Center run by Pratham and supported by Citi Foundation, I am well known and am invited to all the functions in the area. I am proud of myself, but more importantly, my husband and children feel very proud of what I have achieved.”