Dreams blooming after a dry spell of gloom

Papia Mahato, a young girl from Bankura in West Bengal, could not have hoped for anything in life. Being poor and socially ostracised because of leprosy, her parents couldn’t send her to school. But against all odds, she completed her undergraduate studies. She successfully completed a course in Information and Communication from TLM Vocational Training Centre, Bankura. TLM got Papia placed in TATWA Technologies, a pioneer in Business Technology Services, in their Kolkata office. In 2014, while working, she completed her graduation. Now, she earns Rs 7,000 every month. There is hope and oodles of optimism in her family now. Dreams have come anew in her life too. She is now planning to get married! Through its six Vocational Training Centres, TLMTI not only gives vocational education to young people from leprosy background and from other marginalised communities, but also supports them in getting job placements. Out of 1,178 students passed out of TLM Vocational Training Centres in 2014, 975 (83%) received job placements. Job placements are done through tie-up with corporate business houses. “I have succeeded in life only because of the vocational training and support given by TLMTI. My good wishes are always with TLMTI for the support and training it is giving to young girls like me, which help us to live with dignity,” says Papia.