Farooq Ahmed Wagay
Farooq (27 years) has a severely crippled right leg as a result of polio. Farooq hails from a remote village Monghama in Pulwama district (Jammu & Kashmir). “While he was hardly a year old, he always suffering from diseases one after another. When we consulted a doctor, he told us that Farooq was affected by polio that results 60 percent disability in his lower limb,” says Farooq’s mother, Ms ZainaAkther. His father, Abdul GaniWagay is a daily labourer earning a meagre sum of Rs 3000 per month. Recollecting his pre-BASE phase, Mr Abdul Gani says, “Before joining DB Tech, I was very apprehensive about the fortune of my son, as there was no expectation for his employment/job or any kind of business.” Financial problems act as a hindrance to theeducation of Farooq and with lots of hurdles; he was only able to study up to matriculation. Due to lack of finance support from his family, he had to discontinue the study before entering into college.

Unlike other villagers, they don’t have any cultivable land. So living even in the village, they don’t have any source of income from agricultural side. A second hand portable television is the only source of entertainment. Hardly have they used the television as the source of information because due to illiteracy, they never believe about the information feature of this audio visual medium. His parents are completely illiterate and could not study because of poor economic condition, lack of guidance and also exposure to education.

Farooq knew about DB Tech from that portable television when his parents were watching a daily soap opera. To know more about the program, he contacted the DB Tech trainer and clarified all his queries related to the skill based training. Farooq was advised to join the Hospitality course which was counselled by his trainers keeping his interests in the mind. Throughout the course, Farooq proved to be a regular and punctual student. After course completion, Farooq placed as a Data Entry Operator in Commercial Sales Tax Office (Pulwama). Now he is drawing a salary of Rs. 3500 per month. “Farooq was always serious towards the program. He was also open to relocate anywhere for a job. He was dedicated, hardworking, active learner and always wanted to support his family through his earning,” says Altaf Lone (Centre Coordinator, DB Tech, Pulwama). Regarding this new break for earning livelihood, Farooq says, “I have learned a lot from DB Tech which made me feel that I am capable of doing something and also helped me to earn and support my family.”

Heemu Yusuf
22-year-old Heemu hails from an extremely poor family of Rainawari, a small hamlet in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir). Heemu's father, an illiterate carpenter, toils hard at his profession but cannot provide enough for the family of five (wife and three daughters). Heemu’s elder sister dropped out from school after 12th standard due to financial problem. Though keen to be well educated, Heemu had to quit studies after graduation, as there was no money in the family to afford his fees. As things stood, he was the most educated person in his entire family, and the first to study graduation!

“I was always on the lookout for an employment opportunity, so that I could supplement my family’s income, and also my sister could continue her study without interruption for money, who is now studying in the 10th standard,” says Heemu. She tried few odd jobs after her graduation but due to lack of skills she was offered very meagre salary which was just equalizing her transportation and food expenses. She was eager to accumulate some money for computer training. One fine day, her grandfather informed about the skill development training by DB Tech. He advised Heemu to enrol in it, learn some livelihood skills and try for a job. After the ‘Interest Inventory’ check, her trainers counselled her to take up a course in Hospitality.

The first question that strikes her mind was the course fee for which she gave up her education. But fortunately Govt. of India’s such programs not only give them a push for realise their dreams but also improve their family’s financial condition. Rediscovering her joy in learning, Heemu worked hard during the three-month course and passed out as one of the brightest students of her batch on completion of the course, she got a job offer in Mobineers, a reputed company, with a handsome starting salary of Rs 4500 pm plus incentives. Heemu never touched computer before joining BASE. Besides the domain specific skills, she was imparted a fair knowledge about computer skills, which helped her now in the workplace. Heemu shares, “The training I received also greatly improved my communication skills and personality development. It also taught me some very essential life skills and infused new confidence in me.” In her first salary, first she gave a treat to her grandfather because the credit of her success entirely goes to him.