Koraput: Rashmita Dakua of Boipariguda in Koraput district has proved that women are not weak, they have the ability to stand on their own feet, avoiding all the obstacles that come their way in life.
For the last three years, Rashmita has been a helping hand to her husband Sunil Behera, who is an autorickshaw driver. Besides sharing the burden of her family, she has also empowered many women.
Prior to her marriage, Rashmita had learned sewing in Bhubaneswar but had lost touch. It was her desire to become self-reliant and live with self-respect that guided her to join sewing classes again.
In order to improve her performance, she joined a training institute at Govindpali, situated nearly 28 kilometres away from her home in Boipariguda. She dedicatedly completed her training and started to take sewing jobs.
She was not only charging less but also providing better service in her area. Later, Rashmita decided to encourage others like her to become self-sufficient. She set up Maa Tarini sewing centre and started imparting training to interested girls.
As Boipariguda is a tribal area, her students comprise a large number of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe (SC/ST) girls who are even coming from ten to fifteen kilometers away to attend the training.
Since 2018, she has trained over 300 girls and women. Most of the girls and women are now earning between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 a month. Rashmita has proved that strong determination and self-confidence can make everything possible.