Jaswinder Kaur, wife of Ajaib Singh

My husband, Ajaib Singh, is a tractor mechanic who works in Nabha. We are blessed with two children -  a daughter (19), who is studying in a local college, and a son (17), who is in school. Though my husband earns a decent amount every month, I wanted to supplement his income. I live in a conservative village where women are not allowed to go anywhere to earn a living. But I was determined to do something on my own in my village itself. 

I am an Umeed SHG member and know about their stitching centre. I decided to enhance my skills by enrolling for the stitching classes. I learnt stitching, cutting and embroidery and also, how to make fans, teddy bears and bags free of cost at the stitching centre. Currently, I am sewing clothes from home and have got in touch with a tailor, for whom I will stitch and embroider clothes. I also know the art of dying, which I intend to put to good use. I am keen on starting something of my own later. Umeed loans money to make women like me self-sufficient. So, I know they will help me in my future endeavour.

Whatever I am today is because of Umeed. People marvel at my stitching and embroidery. I tell them that all this was taught to me by Umeed. I dream of becoming an entrepreneur one day with my own tailoring and gift item shop. I thank Umeed for teaching me to dream and reach for my goals.