It’s difficult to even imagine how fourteen deaf and dumb women from Chitnavis Trust, Nagpur, plan to work as beauticians and even set up their own beauty salons. But, they have it all worked out. The trust that takes care of such women has been actively involved in providing them assistance and guidance on how they can chase their dreams to become successful entrepreneurs. Jai Joshi, Project Coordinator at Chitnavis Trust recently conducted a workshop for these aspiring beauticians with Jasmine Gimi (owner at Jasmine Parlour, Civil Lines, Nagpur).
A visibly emotional Jasmine said, “When I saw the determination of these women, I realised that despite having everything, we keep cribbing.” She further added, “These women wanted me to guide them on some basic knowledge about how to run a beauty salon. I’m basically trying to bring their creative side out. I want to open their mind up. I want to encourage, teach and support them as much as I can. I feel that I have changed a lot because of them.” Reminiscing her fond memories with her father, she said, “I would do swimming and drive car with my father. He would even do horse riding. Never I realised he was suffering from polio. This is the attitude even we should carry. We should keep chasing our dreams.”
Jai Joshi in an interaction with Nation Next said, “Our intervention centre at Chitnavis Centre aims at helping children (0-3 years) in learning without any sign language so that by the time they turn six years old, they can learn with normal children in schools. Similarly, these women, as they have a good command on sign language, can learn things quickly. We have collaborated with Jaidurga Bahuddeshiya Jan Kalyan Sanstha at Manewada for a government-recognised course on beauty parlour management as well. These girls will get a certificate for the course and a stipend during their training. We hope they achieve their dreams.”
Neha Vaidya, who’s an interpreter to these fourteen girls, said, “I’ve been living with these girls since my childhood so I automatically learnt sign language. These women interpret sign language very quickly. But, it’s slightly cumbersome for them to convey their message to other normal people. Unfortunately, another problem they encounter is that, as they can’t hear, they can’t speak and even think properly. But, they will do wonders. I’m extremely proud of them. They are so determined.”
Pictures by: Kartik Thakur