Sharmila Yadav is one of seven members of her family, most of who live in their native village in Uttar Pradesh. She lived in the village till she completed high school. Her father was the only earning member and had incurred many debts to marry his daughters. Sharmila’s only brother was unable to contribute to the family income due to his persistent ill-health. Given these circumstances, Sharmila had to discontinue her education and decided to move to Mumbai to live with her sister, to find a way to earn a living.
Both Sharmila and her sister searched for vocational training courses but found most to be too expensive. They then came across our vocational training program in beauty at Sangharsh Nagar and enrolled in it. Initially, the biggest challenge for her and her teacher was her inability to comprehend Hindi. Since she was brought up and schooled in her village, she only spoke and understood Bhojpuri.