The professionalisation of young women in India is a real problem, since due to cultural habits, girls are very often forced to stay at home to do domestic tasks. This was the case for Susana Dorphang, now 20 years old. Coming from a modest family in the Meghalaya district of India, she only went to school for a few years.
When she became pregnant with her son at the age of 16, the young woman, already deprived of her education, was deprived of the possibility of working as she had to spend all her time with him to look after him. Her lack of qualifications meant that she could not get a decent job. But when her son reached the age of 4, she decided to start looking for new opportunities. She came across Aide et Action's vocational training centre in Umsning.
Dedication, passion and determination
As Susana was already interested in becoming a beautician, she enrolled in a beautician's course, which taught her all the basic skills. Susana is very attentive and does not miss a single class. She even practices every day at home on her friends and relatives. With all the practice she accumulated at the training centre, she became very confident and decided to open her own salon called Susan's Hair & Beauty Salon in Umsning.
" The iLEAD programme was very helpful. I didn't think I would be able to manage on my own, especially after leaving school so earlysays Susana. The trainer was very friendly and patient with me. I learned a lot during my three months of classroom training and during my month-long internship in a beauty salon. I am grateful to iLEAD for giving me this opportunity to succeed. I wish all the best to all my teachers and to the programme which has made a real difference in my life. "
Susana now earns enough money to support her family and plans to help other young people by giving them training to share her knowledge. Because of her passion and strong determination, she has been able to create new opportunities for herself and her son!
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