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From maid to manager
Vocational training equipped Rahil Surin, a domestic help, to work towards a better future.
Every day for the past four years, Rahil Surin, a full-time domestic help, cooked, washed clothes, swept and did other odd jobs to make her employers' life comfortable. But this week was different. The 24-year-old quit her job and left the mundane routine behind to embark on a mission - to become a manager.
"I want to be a manager in a good company in the next five years" says Surin, who was employed at a house in Chittranjan Park, south Delhi. "It is considered to be a respectable job. I will drive to office in my own car and return to a comfortable home. "
The domestic worker had "started dreaming" of it after she enrolled in the vocational training course at ETASHA earlier this year. During the special 'vision' sessions, trainees are encouraged to realise and articulate what they wish to become. "The course gave me a vision for my life and changed everything, " she says.
Brought up in a village in Assam, Surin had moved to Delhi in 2007 so she could work and help support her family. Her father, a farmer, was not earning enough to support his seven children. Surin's first salary as domestic help was just Rs 2, 500 but it gradually increased to Rs 4, 000 per month. "The money was sufficient but I knew I did not want to work as a maid all my life. I had completed Class 12 by correspondence and wanted a job, " says Surin. "I just did not know what and how. "
After the course, Surin got selected for jobs at Reliance Fresh and NetAmbit, a call centre. The former offered her a salary of Rs 5, 500 and ample opportunity for growth but she did not accept the offer as her employers had still not found a replacement. "Madam has found another maid and I am free to pursue my dream now. I have some interviews lined up, " she says, her eyes twinkling.
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