Dec 14, 2023

Sarojini's Inspiring Journey: From village girl to automotive expert


In the heart of India’s rural landscape, amidst the bustling village of Mudpur, Chhattisgarh, a young woman named Sarojini is redefining the narrative of female empowerment and defying societal stereotypes. Born into a family of six, her life was shaped by the realities of rural India. Her father’s illness placed a heavy burden on her family and Sarojini was forced to leave school after the ninth grade to assist with household chores and the family’s small farm. However, this did not deter her thirst for knowledge and her yearning for a brighter future.

When the pandemic struck, she found an opportunity to pursue her passion for learning through Pratham’s online classes. With unwavering dedication, she absorbed every lesson, meticulously taking screenshots and transcribing them into her notebook.

Fueled by her newfound knowledge and a desire to break free from societal constraints, she ventured into the male-dominated world of automotive repair. Despite initial skepticism and rejection due to her gender, she remained determined and her willingness to learn eventually led her to being hired as an assistant at a local garage. She immersed herself in the world of automobiles, learning every aspect of vehicle repair and maintenance. Her hands, accustomed to household chores, became aptly adept at dismantling and reassembling engines.

Pratham, recognizing Sarojini’s potential, offered her a position as an assistant trainer at their automotive center in Raipur. This opportunity not only allowed her to share her knowledge but also transformed her into an inspiration for countless girls in her community.

Today, Sarojini stands tall as a model of hope, inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams regardless of societal barriers. Her journey is an inspiring tale of resilience, determination, and perseverance, proving that even amidst life’s challenges, the human spirit can thrive and overcome obstacles.

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