It is said that if you have talent in your hands, then you can not only improve your life but also the life of others. As the 24-year-old from Andhra Pradesh, G. Kamakshi is doing. Along with the job, she is running a small business. Along with this, to make other women self-reliant, they are also giving free training in handicraft products.
Coming from a middle-class family, Kamakshi has been doing things like paper craft, jewelry making, painting since childhood. Now he has made these skills as an additional means of earning.
Talking to The Better India, Kamakshi says, “For me, it is more of a passion than a business. Because I want to give a message to the girls around me that with the skills of their hands, they can become self-reliant. I have been fond of doing different things since childhood. I started doing paper craft from seventh grade. After that, I used to learn something new every year during the holidays. Today I come across 16 types of crafts which include mehndi art, jhumka, bangle making, art design etc.”
Kamakshi, a resident of Sitaramapuram in Krishna district, completed her engineering degree in the year 2018. After that she started preparing for the state level examinations. Presently, she is posted as Women Police Officer in Telaparolu Secretariat. Along with this, she is running her own small business under the name of ‘Anushreenu Collection’.
Earning 30 thousand by investing three thousand
“I always gift my friends different things like beautiful greeting cards, handmade earrings or bangles. Last year, a friend of mine asked me to make specially designed bangles. When I gave her bangles, she liked it very much and she gave me money for them. However, I did not do this as an order. But through him many more people started contacting me for bangles. When I was approached by many women, I bought goods worth Rs 3000 from the market and started working on the orders,” he said.
Kamakshi invested only three thousand rupees and after that he kept getting orders continuously. Some of her earnings she started investing back and some savings. Kamakshi says, “With an investment of Rs 3000, I have earned up to Rs 30,000. Now orders are increasing continuously. Some time ago I have created my own Facebook page and also Instagram account. But I work on very limited orders in a month. Because I only have Sundays to work on these orders.
Kamakshi does her job from morning till evening. She gets a holiday only on Sundays and works on her orders on this day. He said that his products are liked by the customers because of the unique design and quality they offer to them.
One of his clients, Sivji, says that he got Kamakshi made bangles and earrings. Both the items were more beautiful and lighter weight than the products available in the market. Due to which it is also easy to wear them.
She says, “I have made much better products from Kamakshi than I thought. That too at an affordable price. Had I bought all this from the market, I would have spent more money.”
Making others self-reliant
Kamakshi says that when her orders started increasing, she felt that she should teach this work to other women too. So that if he is never able to fulfill the order then someone else can get the job. “Also, I had seen how people lost their jobs in the Corona pandemic and the lockdown. That’s why I felt that with the help of my hand, these women would be able to help their families. I have trained seven women so far and they are doing their job too,” she says.
In addition to training the women around her home, Kamakshi also conducts training programs in collaboration with government schools, organizations whenever she gets a chance. He believes that such crafts should also be taught to children during school studies so that later a student can make his skill as a means of earning according to his interest. If we teach all this to children from childhood, then the practice will also become good and they will get cleanliness in their hands.
Hasina, who took training from him, says that she has studied through Urdu medium. But she did not get much job opportunities around her village and wants to help her family financially in deteriorating conditions. “I tried a lot but could not get the job. So, I came to know that Kamakshi teaches hand work to women for free. I also started coming to him and now I have learned a lot. Whatever orders she gets, she keeps giving us work from them and I myself am working at my level,” Hasina added.
Kamakshi says that her aim is not to earn lakhs instantly. She is able to earn well even by working only on Sundays and is moving ahead. Their orders are increasing every month and especially during festivals they get a lot of orders. Like now they have started getting orders for Diwali. “It is something that anyone can do from anywhere. Nowadays everything is also available online and you can also sell your things online. That’s why I give a message to all girls like me that along with studies, learn hand work and become self-reliant,” she said in the end.
If you want to buy products made by them, then you can visit their Facebook page.
Editing – G N Jha
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