Balgovind Sahoo from Vanaguttu village, Basia, Gumla, Jharkhand used to work on his small farm land which had a production of around 2 quintals per annum. Qualified with a basic education upto 9th level , he found it difficult to sustain a living with a family of three children, with only farming. He had to do sundry labour to add to his income. However, salary from labour was irregular which added to his woes.
After successfully completing the rigorous training at Gumla Gurukul, he joined Shapoorji Pallonji as a Mason. He persevered at his job and within 3 years was promoted to the position of Supervisor. He is handling 40 – 60 masons at his work site and earning about Rs. 14,000 per month.
With the savings from his job, he added two more rooms to his existing house thereby providing a comfortable stay for his family.
Manoj Oraon's parents passed away while he was in the high school and was forced to help his brother in farming. Also, he had to work as contractual labour. His income was unstable and insufficient. Hailing from Chetar village, Gumla, Jharkhand, he was in the 1st batch of trainees at Gumla. He was placed as a Bar Bender at Shapoorji's TCS Bhubaneswar site.
Within a few months into his job, he was promoted as leader of his Bar Bender group. He continued working with sincerity and after 3 years was again promoted to the role of Supervisor where he handled 40 Bar Benders. His salary too more than doubled from Rs. 7,000 per month to Rs. 14,000 per month.
Now Manoj is married and encouraged his wife to study further, who is now pursuing her graduation.
Sandhya could not continue her studies beyond 12th and was unable to find a suitable employment too in her village in the remote area of Manoharpur, West Singhbhum. She came to know about the Gurukul through the mobilization team from PARFI. Attracted by 100% placement, she joined the training programme and was soon delighted to get placed with Loyal Textiles in Sattur, Tamil Nadu. The initial days were slightly difficult for her to adjust due to a new environment but equipped with the work place like training at Gurukul, she picked the work fast and soon started liking the work and the environment. She has now completed 1 year in the company and has helped her siblings with their education. She plans to build a house out of her savings in near future. In her words, “I send money back to my family from my savings and I can feel the happiness and pride in my family on receiving the money. I urge unemployed people from our Jharkhand to get training and placement through Gurukul to reputed companies in India.”
Seeing her family struggling to pay back the loan they had taken for supporting their agricultural land, Kranti dreamt of getting a good job which would lighten the burden on their family. Her neighbour who was going to join the Chaibasa Gurukul informed her about the training and placement in Gurukul which inspired her to join the programme. She had never lived in a hostel environment but soon liked the Gurukul setup and training. She joined Loyal Textile Mills and soon helped her family repay the outstanding loan. Now she is also helping her siblings with their studies. She wishes to complete her studies with her savings.