Monday, 28 April 2014

Subhasree Mohapatra, a Budding Entrepreneur

Subhasree Mohapatra is a student at the Entrepreneur Skills Training Center at Jajpur, Odisha. She belongs to a poor family, with her father working as a labourer. There are 6 members in her family, in which her father is the only earning member. Her monthly family income is Rs. 6,000.

She was keen to start earning so as to be able to contribute to her family income and support her family. She joined the Entrepreneur Skills Training Center at Jajpur and has recently completed the tailoring course. After the completion of the course she wanted to earn income by starting her own business, but, she had no money to buy a tailoring machine and the raw materials needed to start the same. However, based on her interest and capability, she was eligible to be supported as an entrepreneur through the Entrepreneur Program being run by Pratham and Citi Foundation.  

She received the needed material through the program and is now earning a daily wage of Rs 50. Today she is happy because she is able to cover her personal expenses through this income, and is also able to support her younger sister. As this is just the start, she hopes that her income will increase in the coming months as she gains more clients.

Pratham’s entrepreneurship program in conjunction with Citi Foundation aims to reach many such individuals who want to support themselves but do not have the means to do so. Through its entrepreneurship centers across the country, Pratham has supported upwards of 400 entrepreneurs in starting their own micro-enterprises in sectors such as Beauty, Tailoring and Pre School.

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