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When a Wife Decided to Start a Business for Her Disabled Husband

It was fifteen years ago that Rukmini’s husband Muniraj was diagnosed with a debilitating health condition. Unable to move around on his own or work or earn an income, Muniraj became bound to their home. Since then, the family has been surviving on the meager income that Rukmini earned working as a helper in the local Aanganwadi school at T. Dasarahalli.

Buzz India organizes training with the help of Aanganwadi teachers and helpers and Rukmini got a chance to attend the Buzz training. After attending the training, Rukmini started seeing possibilities and opportunities. Her first thought was, “Is there something I can do for my husband?” She always wished that her husband could start doing something on his own. It was more about his self-worth than money. She went home and talked to her husband and daughter about what she learned from the training. The family got discussing and the idea of starting a hotel came and all three of them agreed that they should start one.

Soon, Rukmini started pooling her savings. She started saving from Aanganwadi earnings, reduced her monthly expenses and created a capital with which they could start a hotel. Eight months after attending the Buzz training, Muniraj is now running a hotel – fifteen years after he was incapacitated.

Rukmini helps him after she finishes her Aanganwadi responsibilities. Their daughter drops and picks up Muniraj in her scooter. Their family income has increased. Muniraj has rediscovered the happiness of being an earning member of the family. And Rukmini, feels proud that with her learning and savings, her family has found a new dawn.

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