Financial Independence for Kousalya

Kousalya, 25, was part of our 6-month vocational tailoring course in Kalyanapuram, Chennai. She joined the programme to learn something during her free time, but little did she know that this was going to fuel her passion for designing. Kousalya was at the top of her class, learning quickly and a proactive student, always wanting to learn more. After completing the course, Kousalya continued to drop by the centre and ask questions about the different designs that she was attempting back at home.

Kousalya’s husband, an auto driver, was very supportive of her dreams and bought her a sewing machine to begin her small business. She began stitching and her customers grew by word of mouth! She says, “I realised that many people were coming to me after being recommended by a satisfied customer. So I learnt that if I don’t overcharge and do work that is satisfying to the customers, then many more people will come to me. ”

Kousalya did not always have this support from her extended family. She says, “My own family spoke wrongly of me for attending classes and did not respect me. Now, as they see my growth, they come to me with clothes to stitch. I am able to walk confidently knowing that I am doing something useful with my life. ”

The past few months have been very difficult for Kousalya and her husband, but she says that this tailoring skill has helped her. She says, “After my husband’s accident, for over a month, he did not have any income. We survived on the money that I got from stitching. My husband smiled at me when I told him that my income would be enough to pay off some of the bills. Even though he did not say it, I knew that he was proud of me. “

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India