Arati Barik, from Kolkata the city of Joy , lives with a family of 5 where the only other source of income was her father's pension.She knew the restrictions of a salaried class and hence wanted to start her own business.
She at a very recognized that she was good at tailoring and wanted to pass on the skill to other women who belong to the same strata of the society. She managed to run a petty shop selling cosmetics and taught tailoring to few women in the neighbourhood.
In order to grow her business, she appraached SBI for a loan. As expected the loan requirements were too stringent and even after numerous follow ups, the bank denied the loan. . She heard from her friends about how Ujjivan helps nurture small businesses and build a better life. Coincidently, Ujjivans office was right beside the bank. She then met a few members of Ujjivan and decided to join a group. She was taken into the family of Ujjivan and received her first loan. She used the money to rent a new shop premise and some cosmetics for the shop. With the second loan and some of her savings, she bought two sewing machines and more working capital. Now she gives training to more than 20 women And helps them to build a better life.
She says " " Ujjivan helped me in building my life and I want to return back to the society what I learnt from Ujjivan this is why I help women in my own small way by imparting them tailoring skills".
She requested Ujjivan to organize programs or workshops where all self- employed women who are now standing on their feet come together and share their life stories. This would help inspire other women to break the shackles of poverty and become independent women and role models for the next generation.