Life has not been so kind to Bandana, she was born with a locomotive disability. Married at an age of 18 to a older man. It didn’t stop here; she lost her husband just after three years of marriage. Left with a child to take care without any financial support; her life came to a sudden stop.
With no options left she tried to venture out to find a job, but that too was not easy. In villages jobs for females are very limited and selecting a women over a man in not a usual story at her place. Soon all the resources went dry and there were days when she fed soaked rice to her child and went to sleep empty stomach. “Those days were the worst days in my life”, she recalls.
Bandana was a bright student and her interest in education bagged her a job with an institution registered under Bihar Education Project. Payback was not so good but she managed to meet the ends. After 5 years project got over, thus she was jobless again.
She had heard about the Samarth SoochnaPreneur Program from her friends. Seeing the livelihood opportunity she soon joined the program. Initial days were tough for her as she never used a mobile phone in her life and now she was asked to use a phone, computer, internet etc., but she managed well.
Now she is running a mobile information center, she uses MeraApp visits people at their homes.
She is well committed to the people of her community to deliver the services swiftly and promptly. She recalls her transformation from a girl who never used a phone to a woman who connects people to the world.
Her journey had many roadblock and tough rides but she managed to get through all of this. She is a proud member of DEF empowerment programs.