MY FUTURE STARTS WITH ME
STARTS WITH ME
What makes a good entrepreneur? Is it vision, resourcefulness, willingness to take risks and improve, and a strong determination to succeed? For Selvi, it is all the above and a sudden change in her family.
Three years ago when her husband left her with their two sons, Yogenthiran (15) and Johnson (8, in blue T-shirt). Selvi was a homemaker. She did not let her situation weigh her down, instead stepped up to take care of her family.
She got a job at the garment factory in a nearby town. Her daily routine saw her starting her day at 3am to cook for her children, get them ready for school and leave for work at 5am. Yogenthiran and Johnson would go to their grandmother’s house before and after school until Selvi returned home at 7pm. The mother and children did not get much time together.
Then Selvi’s mother fell sick and could not look after the children. But Selvi could not resign as she needed the income.
When World Vision learned of her situation, they supported the family with a small grocery shop and items worth 45,000 Sri Lankan rupees (approximately RM540). Selvi now runs the grocery shop that sits in front of her house from 6am to 8.30pm every day with the help of her children in their free time and would cycle to a nearby town to replenish her stock. The flexibility of running her own business has allowed her time to spend with her sons, help them with their school work and take them to and fro tuition.
household items and personal hygiene products.
Although her shop is one of four in the village, Selvi has a loyal customer base.
When you support the 30-Hour Famine, you provide vulnerable families with the opportunity they need to rewrite their future, just as Selvi did!