Nirmala Devi, a determined woman from Jodhpur, always harbored dreams of furthering her education and creating a better life for herself and her family. Living with a locomotor disability, she faced numerous challenges. Financial constraints and societal expectations meant that pursuing her dreams seemed like a distant possibility. Her husband, working as a laborer, struggled to make ends meet, adding to the financial pressure. Despite these obstacles, Nirmala learned the art of beauty care and makeup from her aunt, who ran a local beauty parlor.

In December 2022, Nirmala’s life took a transformative turn when she received a beauty parlor kit at Voice of SAP’s (VOSAP) enablement event in Jodhpur. This kit was not just a set of tools; it was the key to unlocking her potential and independence.

With her newfound resources, Nirmala started her own beauty parlor, working diligently 4-5 hours every day, seven days a week. The impact was immediate and profound. During the peak season, she earned between 25,000 to 30,000 INR, and in the offseason, her earnings ranged from 15,000 to 20,000 INR. This significant increase in income allowed her to pursue her long-held dream of completing her education. 

With the money she earned, Nirmala graduated from college and prepared for government exams. Her hard work and perseverance paid off when she secured a position at Makhaniya Hospital, earning a salary of 45,000 INR per month. This new role not only provided financial stability but also marked a significant milestone in her journey towards empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Beyond her personal achievements, Nirmala’s success had a ripple effect on her family. She now supports the education of her siblings, ensuring they have opportunities she once lacked. She even supported the medical expense of her father who was struggling with cancer. Additionally, she contributes to the well-being of her in-laws, fostering a supportive and financially secure household.

Nirmala’s story is a powerful illustration of the transformative impact that targeted support and resources can have on the lives of specially abled individuals. The beauty parlor kit provided by VOSAP empowered her to transcend her limitations and achieve her dreams, creating a better future for herself and her family.

Nirmala Devi’s journey underscores the profound difference that initiatives like those of VOSAP can make. By providing essential tools and opportunities, VOSAP enables individuals to overcome their challenges and achieve their full potential, fostering empowerment and positive change in their communities.

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