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From maid to manager

The 24-year-old Assamese girl hopes to one day drive to work in her own car.

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.

Reader's opinion (20)

Koshy SunnyJun 7th, 2011 at 12:21 PM

is there any openings in call centre for a retired 50 year old male

Sayak BoralJun 5th, 2011 at 17:16 PM

Bravo! A truly inspiring story.

sheel vratJun 2nd, 2011 at 11:01 AM

very inspiring. good luck.

Shweta PachauriMay 27th, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Truly encouraging....very well proved where there is will there is a way.....congrats ans all the best for her future ahead...

Milint SoniMay 23rd, 2011 at 01:13 AM

thats gr8 i have no words to explain how do i felt when i read this ...
fantabulous thinkin
all the best for future

Anuradha NootakkiMay 21st, 2011 at 06:23 AM

gr8! Inspiring

Kc MMay 21st, 2011 at 00:20 AM

Really great.

Kc MMay 21st, 2011 at 00:19 AM

Determination and Focus is what people lack. I am also one of them. Kuddos to Ms Rahil as she had the dedication of making things happen. She must have struggled to find time and energy to study and pursue her dreams. She is surely going places.. All the best.

Poonam SanghaMay 19th, 2011 at 13:29 PM

By helping her dream big & empowering Rahil ETASHA has done GR8 service....ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU.
We at India Today Group- Consumer services, will sign up for providing job opportunities to such ambitious & hard working kids.

Syed ZuberMay 16th, 2011 at 15:34 PM

Really heartening to see someone's life changing for better,this requires very high level of determination , a strong will and a clear vision to pursue you dreams,if one has the courage to rise against the situation adamantly , the situations start following him/her bowing infront of perseveraance.

Aparna MudiMay 16th, 2011 at 10:46 AM

ETASHA is doing a fantastic job at making a difference in the lives of young indians who want a future. The dream of having a decent salary, a Decent lifestyle remains but a dream for most. But, Making a difference makes even these small efforts be a lifelong change in the lives of the youth.

Madhu_cancer May 16th, 2011 at 10:20 AM

This woman will go far - not just because she dared to dream, but because she respected her job as a maid and her 'madam' enough to wait until a replacement was found - reliability is the cornerstone of success! Go Rahil!

Jince MichaelMay 16th, 2011 at 08:55 AM

This is a wonderful initiative. Congrats for all who are making this happen. In fact domestic work is seen as a zero skill profession. Once a domestic worker, always a domestic worker. Training opportunities can be better utilised if the employers are helpful and open to the growth of their maids.

Sindhu SrinivasMay 16th, 2011 at 03:20 AM

I feel, making a person realise his/her dreams is the best help that can be done. Kudos ETASHA !!

Santosh SainaniMay 15th, 2011 at 19:25 PM

It is heartening to know that this girl did not accept the offer of a better and more rewarding job because her employers did not find another maid as a replacement,So much for the faithfulness and sincerity, a rare thing in modern times.Wish her a bright future!

Sunil JhaMay 15th, 2011 at 16:01 PM

If you have ambition and desire to excel with passion ,nothing is impossible and sky has limit. Credit go to Sarin who has dream and passion to achieve. There are many sarin ready to excel but many sarin's dream are unfulfilled It is the society who need to give space that all Sarin get their dream

Hemant JoshiMay 15th, 2011 at 09:43 AM

Wish you all the best !

Mary Koo Yu FengMay 15th, 2011 at 01:00 AM

Dream and It shall be Yous

Anil SharmaMay 14th, 2011 at 18:50 PM

Great. determination gets you where you want.

Supriya SatbhaiyaMay 14th, 2011 at 17:53 PM

Great going Rahil... All the very best for your future..
At the 1st instance itself u have shown professionalism by not leaving the job until ur employer found a replacement..

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