A bittersweet farewell

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

On the 9th of May, 2016, we bid farewell to our enthusiastic Dharavi batch. They were excited for this new chapter in their life and couldn’t wait to put all the skills they learnt at Antarang to use. Their smiles said it all as they tried to capture their month long experience in just a few words.

To begin with, each student came up and spoke about the business they started with only five hundred rupees. The objective of this business project is to build entrepreneurship skills in the students and give them an understanding of the many facets of self employment.  For their project they decided to use this scorching summer to their advantage. They managed to sell two hundred rupees worth of Nimbu Paani in just a few hours time. However, what was more interesting was their fascinating insights into this assignment. One student said that this taught her to never shy away from doing something you love. While another said that this gave her the confidence to start her own business.

When asked what they enjoyed most about their Antarang journey many said learning English was an opportunity they would never get. Now understanding and being able to speak English has instilled a strong sense of pride in them. Along with that they greatly value all the interview and job skills that the CareeReady Program has taught them. They fondly remembered their favorite parts of the course.

Finally, with samosas and smiles they ended their last session. They all look forward to a life that’s completely in their hands. They call the shots and they reap the benefits.

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work another day.”Confucius

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