- 69, SANJAYNAGAR,
- 380 018.
1996 SHARDA Trust along with The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation,
SEWA Bank and SAATH had corroborated on a project for the Sanjaynagar
slums. Called the 'Slum Networking Project' it had provided basic
necessities like roads, sewage pipes, electricity, waste disposal
materials, drinking water in individual homes, septic toilets etc.
At that time Fuljibhai had worked as an active leader for SHARDA
same SHARDA Trust officials had once gone to Sanjaynagar in 1998.
This time round it had been to give the slum dwellers information
about their Driver's Training Programme as well as their Garment
Operator's Training Programme. The Driver's Training Programme had
caught Fuljibhai's attention.
Fuljibhai's family there were 5 members. He himself (44) had been
a retrenched employee of Arvind Mill's Printing Department. He had
worked for 20 years when the ancient department had been shut down
in favour of modern technology. As he had known only the old printing
method he had had to quit, additionally, no other mill had any use
of persons like him Hence in the late 90s he had attached a grocery
shop to his house.
wife, Manguben (40) though illiterate helped him run this place.
They had earned a total of Rs 5000/- (five thousand rupees) a month
has always had an independent personality and he strongly believes
in doing business rather than in being a salaried employee. Service
was never his cup of tea as he didn't like to be answerable to anyone
; didn't like, in his own words, "slaving for anyone". He much rather
preferred a small business where he could take his own decisions,
could work at hours convenient to him, could earn as much as he
in February 1998, when the opportunity had come up he had thought
of joining the Driver's Training Programme. True to his entrepreneurial
spirit he had had a picture of buying himself a vehicle and being
his own master. Reasoning with himself, he had come to the conclusion
that this would help him raise his standard of living, plus collect
a nest egg, plus give a better life to his children.
after he had trained his elder son, Vinodbhai (23), and his elder
daughter, Kanchanben (18), had undergone training for SHARDA Trust
Driver's Training Programme and Garment Operator's Training Programme
other family members included Nitaben (21), Vinodbhai's wife ; their
daughters Sushila (3) and Sonia (8 months) ; Fuljibhai's younger
children Sangitaben (16) and Manojbhai (14).
of these members earned anything. All of them had been residing
at the Sanjaynagar slums since 1980 in a three roomed house which
boasted of a separate toilet and bathroom.
training had lasted for forty five days at Life Driving School.
He reports to be completely satisfied with all the three aspects
of the training viz. the course content, the faculty and, the duration.
In the midst of the training itself he had heard that The Arvind
Mills was offering a contract for Collecting Solid Waste.
entrepreneur in him had awakened and he had started to and mastered
the art of driving a tractor. After that, in July 1998, with SHARDA
Trust's help he had bagged the contract for Collecting Solid Waste.
the time of the interview, in 1999, Fuljibhai was in an enviable
position. He and his four employees work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
workers collect the waste from each of the departments, cart it
in their lorries and deposit it at the pre determined spots. Fuljibhai,
being the boss, drives the tractor wherever needed. Initially, his
driving had been hesitant, but with time he has become an expert
in maneuvring the turny twisty vehicle. There are 18 such lorries
in The Arvind Mills being used for this waste disposal method.
completing their training both the siblings i.e. Vinodbhai and Kanchanben
had found suitable employment through SHARDA Trust. 4 Vinodbhai
draws Rs 2000/- (two thousand rupees) a month as the driver of one
of the Presidents of Arvind Mills : whereas Kanchanben brings in
Rs 35/- (thirty rupees) per day as a garment operator at the Khokra
Garment Factory. Out of the Rs 400/- (four hundred rupees) that
Fuljibhai earns per day he pays Rs 200/- (two hundred rupees) as
salary to his men. All the three family members are satisfied with
their respective occupations and his remuneration.
states that 4-5 persons had availed of this Driver's Training, all
in the hope of securing a job paying at least Rs 100 - 150/- (one
hundred to one hundred fifty rupees) per day. They had been under
the impression that after undergoing the training they would earn
more than what they had earned before. The problems had arisen because
after the training, as apprentices, they had all drawn between Rs
1500 - 2000/- (one thousand five hundred to two thousand rupees)
per month. No wonder none of them had been interested in taking
up a job. Why ! Even he would not work such long hours for this
paltry sum. The entire community feels that one should be compensated
adequately for their training, skills and labour.
Trust had on and off held meetings to talk about their Driver's
Training Programme, also they had helped the trainees to secure
jobs. Surprisingly, Fuljibhai is the only successful trainee out
of the entire lot. The others fell behind on account of giving up
the job citing similar reasons of long hours and less pay.
addition, most of them had felt it useless to pursue a drivers profession
as it earned them lesser salary than their original jobs. Thus they
had lost their enthusiasm for a driver's job.
is a success story as he had been given employment near his house
; suitable to his age ; according to his abilities and ; of an independent
stature. Also, he earned in proportion to the work hours and labour
that he put in.
credit for his success goes to his initiative of continuing to have
constant interaction with SHARDA Trust officials even after he had
got the contract. In this way he got continued advice and support
from them thereby increasing his motivational level. Subsequently,
this led to quality work which in turn raised the quantum of work.
any other human being, Fuljibhai has had a mission since he was
a young man. He dreams of sponsoring his father's pilgrimage costs
and also of digging him a bore (unclear) on their ancestral land.
Both these are expensive propositions hence ; he aims to work more
and earn more to be able to fulfill them.
the near future , with SHARDA Trust's assistance he hopes to bag
two more assignments of 'Collecting Solid Waste' --- from residential
societies as well as from Arvind Mills' Santej Division.
the training has thus, proved to be a turning point in his life.
His standard of living has risen dramatically ; has been able to
send his children for training ; has a much higher standing in society
; has a substantial ability to save for the future. His entire personality
has undergone a change as his vision has broadened.
says," Earlier I shaved once a week, didn't mind unironed clothes
and kept an untidy house, but, now I understand the importance of
shaving every alternate day and never moving around in unironed
clothes as well as maintaining a presentable residence. Our diet
has improved and in general we are all leading a better life these
BEFORE AND AFTER RECEIVING TRAINING
knowledge of driving.
how to drive.
drive a tractor.
the tractor very fast as he knew how to drive.
sole earning member of the family
gained three Earning members.
income was Rs 5000/- (five thousand rupees)
income rose to Rs 13000/- (thirteen thousand rupees)
a decent amount.
Fuljibhai is completely satisfied with his life after the training
he has repaid every single penny of his fee loan to the Trust.