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A New Dawn Of Hope: Mahesh, (MP)

At the age of 30, Mahesh Kurmi had to join a ‘bidi’ factory to run his family apart from his vegetable selling business – because his earnings were simply not good enough even to arrange two square meals a day. He lives in Saikheda village of Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh. He does own three acres of land, but that is not of much use due to lack of irrigation. He completed graduation, but that didn’t open up any doors for him because the area where he lived didn’t offer many opportunities. Over and above, his mother kept unwell, and Mahesh had to also cope up with increasing prices of medication.

It’s often said that the night seems the darkest just before the break of dawn. That’s exactly what happened to Mahesh Kurmi. He heard in a village meeting of ACM GIDF about the Special SGSY project for BPL youth. Immediately, he traveled to Sagar and met our Centre In-charge to gather information about selection process, various training trades, certification process and finally placement. Soon afterwards, he joined a course in Computer Hardware, and completed his four months long course in April 2012. Even before completing the course he got a job offer in village Panchyat office as MATE job in NREGA (National Rural Employment Guaranty Act). His job profile was to take attendance and prepare daily accounts of payments of Labour wages. He liked the job, but due to salary problems, started looking for other opportunities. Up nest, with help from ACM GIDF, he joined a training program and landed the job of a security guard in State Bank of India, with day time ATM guarding responsibilities. For Mahesh Kurmi, this was nothing less than a dream come true.