Centre gives women a chance to start their own business

WHEN D. Lakshimi’s husband suggested she make her childhood dream of becoming a wedding make-up artist come true, the engineering operator at a multi-national firm seized the opportunity and signed up for a course.

“I scouted around for a community-based training centre and came across Pusat Latihan Rakyat Kasih (PLRK) where I enrolled for a six-month bridal course.

Lakshimi, 28, said that in the second month of the course her fellow classmates had managed to earn some cash with the skills learned in the certificate bridal course offered at the community training centre at Taman Desaria in PJS5, Petaling Jaya.

On Sunday last week, Lakshimi together with nine other women completed the course.

She thanked her husband B. Hemyanathan, 32, for motivating her to take up the training.

Just like the other nine women, Lakshimi wants to start her own business and become a “super successful businesswoman”.

Another student T. Kasturi, 32, who works at a textile firm said the skill she has mastered has given her a new mind set towards venturing into a business.

“I have realised that with a skill, I will be able to be self-reliant and earn a living from home. Now, I know it’s possible to overcome difficulties, if I just strive hard and move forward with a vision. Once we are equipped with paper qualifications and a skill, we are on the road to success,” she said.

Kasturi added the course had improved her skills in dressing up brides.

“I can now tie a saree in five minutes compared to half-an-hour six months ago,” said Kasturi.

Mother of three P. Saraswathy, 37, said she took up the bridal course as it was reasonable at RM50 a month and the training centre was within her neighbourhood.

“Since the course was being offered at a minimal fee, I decided to enrol and now I am able to tie sarees in the Madarasthi, Gujerati, Kadangi and the normal styles. It is exciting for me to help make up a bride and at the same time earn some cash. All this can be done from home as people would come over,” she said.

PLRK teacher Punitha Anand, 31, who taught the first batch of students, was happy as all of the 10 students were committed and completed the course.

“Indian women are creative and learning a skill like this will help to improve their socio economic status. Being able to pass on a skill to others and seeing them become successful gives me joy,” she said.

Anand, who operates her own business Srie Sai Beauty Saloon, urged her students to be bold and master more skills in the beauty line in order to excel in the field.

Senator S. Ramakrishnan presented the certificates to the students.

“I am just overwhelmed to see that the RM10,000 worth of equipment given in April 2010, to the training centre by the Selangor government for the bridal course has borne fruit.

“It has been used well and today we see 10 women who possess a skill that will put them in better stead in society,” he said.

Ramakrishnan said he would ask the state government to give an allocation to the training centre.

PLRK chairman Victor Anthony Roche said he was glad the centre was able to put hope in the hearts of ordinary women who wanted to fulfil their dream to become businesswomen.

PLRK offers Bridal and Make-up courses, Tailoring and Computer classes. For details call 03-9130 7934 or 012 393 1952.

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