“The response has been very encouraging and a few of the girls are now employed in salons in nearby cities,” he said.Hejang says his job does not stop with just providing the girls with training. It also includes matching them with prospective employers. “In cities like Bangalore in Southern India, we have a network of fellow North Eastern Indians who own beauty centers and salons. We got in touch with them and arranged for jobs and accommodation for the girls,” he said.
“Here, the school drop-out rates are very high due to gender bias and poverty. Once the girls start training with us, we educate them about the government schemes and encourage them to apply,” he said.“For many generations, girls were only seen as being suitable for domestic chores like cooking, cleaning and looking after the family. Following the success of the beauty skills trainings, awareness and leadership classes, we recently even held a girls football tournament, which is the first of its kind in this area,” Hejang said.
“I see the tournament as a positive impact from RYTHM Foundation’s support to these girls,” he added.Hejang Misao is one of three social entrepreneurs sponsored by RYTHM Foundation under the Sadguru Gnanananda Fellowship, a project of Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani Trust (MSDS). The fellowship is offered to young citizens who are socially conscious and work on projects to benefit marginalised groups or people in rural areas. Through the fellowship, the recipients are given a monthly grant for three years, to help them scale their projects and turn them into a sustainable source of income for the communities. READ: Children In Conflict Zone In India Discover Joys In Life, Thanks To RF Funded Social Entrepreneur Hejang