"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." - Christopher Reeve
I am Champaben Ganeshbhai Vankar from Vadodara, Gujarat. For a long time, our family of nine struggled with a financial crisis, as my husband was the sole breadwinner. He worked as contract labour, with a monthly income of INR 15,000, which was insufficient to support us. Being a housewife, I had never stepped out of my home and was involved in household chores only. I was unable to provide financial support to my family. However, my positive belief to change situations around me provided me with the motivation and courage to support my husband.
In 2015, I got the opportunity to join a Self-Help Group (SHG) run by #ApolloTyresFoundation (ATF), where I received various income generation #trainings, such as tailoring and livestock management. With ATF's support, I started tailoring business, along with livestock management activity, and was able to earn a monthly income of INR 26,000. With my additional income, I was able to provide financial support to my family and make my children's education a reality too!
Apart from providing support to my family, I was instrumental in linking 29 community women with various government welfare schemes like Widow Pension, Old Age Pension and Poultry Farming scheme. Through my constant efforts, I was able to motivate parents to enroll their kids in schools, because of which 15 children started receiving formal education. My hard work finally paid off when Gram Panchayat elected me as the President of Waghodiya Taluka Panchayat in April 2021.
With the local administration support, I was able to resolve local community-level issues, such as abolishing illegal liquor production units, problems related to drinking water, among others. Looking back at my journey, I believe that “with hard work, perseverance and self-belief, there is no limit to what you can achieve”.
“I am Champaben. It’s my identity…This is my story!”…#Ek Naam
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Posted On:11 Jan 2022 11:00 AM
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
I am Valsala Nair from Kottayam, Kerala. For a long time, my family struggled with making ends meet, as my husband was the sole breadwinner. Determined to contribute, I decided to join the Self Help Group (SHG) run by #ApolloTyresFoundation (ATF) in 2018 and received #livelihood and entrepreneurial management trainings in mushroom cultivation.
I got the courage to set up a unit named 'Nivedhyam Mushroom Unit' with 10 community women. With dedication and hard work, I was able to increase my monthly income from zero to INR 10,000 and support my family. The unit also received INR 25000-fund support under Kudumbashree, Agri-Business Venture scheme (Kerala government).
I then embarked on a journey to inspire fellow community members and undertook sessions to motivate and train 55 women. Through my continuous intervention, three SHGs comprising 60 beneficiaries started mushroom cultivation units and now generate monthly income of INR 10,000. The Panchayat recognised my efforts and bestowed upon me the Best Community Resource Person award.
It gives me immense satisfaction being able to support my family and inspire other women to create their own identities. I have realised that “being financially independent gives you more courage and power to make your own choices and to create a Change.”
"I am Valsala. It’s my identity…#EkNaam… This is my story!”
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Posted On:04 Jan 2022 10:00 AM
"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise."
#ApolloTyresFoundation has partnered with Csrbox and Alliance Française de Delhi to celebrate women who have overcome gender bias and inequality. Stay tuned for 8 such stories and become inspired to #BreakTheBias
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