It takes courage to dream a dream and it takes even more courage to make that dream come true. Sindhu Rajiv had a dream of becoming a beautician since childhood. But circumstances always got in the way, and he was forced to give up his wish. Despite the difficulties, she completed her graduation. She was then married to Rajeev, a resident of Uchakkada, a contract employee of KSEB, and had two daughters with him. His earning was meager and hardly met the needs of the family. Unfortunately, Sindhu had to put her dreams on hold once again.
She became disheartened as she was unable to fulfill her wish due to the poor condition of her family. But when he came to know about the Adani Skill Development Center (ASDC) in Vizhinjam and the courses it offered, luck smiled at him. His happiness knew no bounds as the courses were available free of cost. She visited the center and saw the curriculum and quickly enrolled in beauty therapist training. She was very active and regular during the course and attended both online and offline classes. He could not believe that he was so close to realizing his dream so close to his heart as he completed the course in the stipulated time.
“Sindhu was very fond of becoming a beautician. A diligent student, she is an example of a self-confident person who chases her dreams till she becomes a reality. She has a helping nature and has given opportunities to her classmates to work in her parlour,” says Ms. Mini Jose, Beauty Therapist Trainer at ASDC, Vizhinjam.
Sindhu had tears in her eyes but held her head high with pride on the day she opened her Golden Beauty Parlor at Kottukalkonam in Trivandrum. He is a role model for others, who look up to him as their mentor. Today she is a successful entrepreneur and helps struggling women to stand on their own feet by giving them opportunities to work in her parlour.
When she learns that Jennifer A.J. Dreaming of becoming a beauty therapist like her one day but unable to accomplish it due to lack of support and avenues, she offered her help. Jennifer could not believe her luck.
The daughter of a fisherman, she always fought for her education – from school to vocational training that could get her a job. During this, he came to know about ASDC. Like Sindhu, she joined its beauty therapist course and completed it in time.
Sindhu came into his life as a guardian angel and offered him a job in her parlour. Today, Jennifer earns Rs.6,000 per month and couldn’t be happier.
“Jennifer was a strong and hardworking student who always tried to clear her doubts in class. A regular and proactive trainee with good analytical ability, she got the job after her first interview,” says Ms. Kavita TR, Language and Soft Skills Trainer, ASDC, Vizhinjam.
ASDC, a part of Adani Foundation, offers various courses to prepare the youth for the job market. Beauty therapist course is one of them. Around 181 women have done this course from ASDC from 2018 to 2022. Of these, 52 run their own businesses – four own parlors and 48 provide services from home – and 77 work in parlors run by others.