“I opted for the 30 day program in mobile repairs training and with the US$22 allowance provided by the training institute for the completion of my course I immediately bought some tools and started my mobile repairs shop,” explains Mahendra.
As the first of its kind in his village, local community members have advised that they are very happy about the establishment of Mahendra`s shop; as they no longer need to travel to larger neighbouring cities in order to fix minor glitches in their mobile phones. This saves villagers both time and money, while also providing Mahendra with a good income source.
With his new home-operated business, Mahendra now earns up to US$3 a day, which is substantially more than what he earned as a wage labourer. In the long run, it is hoped that by enabling youths, like Mahendra, to secure a stable career, they will be able to provide safety and financial security to not only to their immediate families, but also to the extended community.