"The training I got from Project Nirmanshree equipped me with skills, knowledge and strength. This experience enabled me to build a home of my own.”- Pramila Malick, Odisha.

In the tranquil village of Barakoli, nestled amidst the lush green landscapes of Dhenkanal (Odisha), resides a woman whose resilience and determination have become the bedrock of her success story. Meet Pramila Malick, a beacon of hope and empowerment in her community.

For two decades, Pramila has called Barakoli her home. Yet, it was not until she embarked on a journey with Habitat for Humanity India's Project Nirmanshree that her life took a transformative turn. Initially confined within the walls of her home, Pramila's world expanded as she eagerly enrolled in the Recognition of Prior Learning – a training programme organised by Habitat India under Project Nirmanshree.

With each passing day of the training, Pramila's confidence soared. From mastering the art of bricklaying to understanding the nuances of construction materials, she absorbed knowledge like a sponge, eager to break free from the confines of her previous existence. It was during this time that she discovered her latent potential - the ability to construct her own home.

Armed with newfound skills and determination, Pramila embarked on a journey to build her dream home. Alongside her three daughters, she toiled tirelessly, mixing sand and cement, laying bricks, and overseeing every aspect of construction including supervising and at time correcting the work done by local labourers. Her efforts bore fruit, as she and her daughters watched their humble abode take shape brick by brick.

But Pramila's journey didn't end there. Empowered by Project Nirmanshree, she ventured into the realm of entrepreneurship. Equipped with a sewing machine and training in tailoring, she, began stitching clothes - petticoats, blouses, and later masks during the pandemic - to sell to local shops. Their small enterprise flourished, providing a steady source of income for the family.

Today, Pramila's home stands as a testament to her indomitable spirit and unwavering determination. As she stitches clothes in the comfort of her humble abode, she dreams of a brighter future for her daughters. With the eldest aspiring to become a teacher, the middle one pursuing higher education, and the youngest still in school, Pramila's aspirations know no bounds. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, she remains steadfast in her commitment to provide her daughters with the best opportunities life has to offer.

Reflecting on her journey, Pramila acknowledges the profound impact Project Nirmanshree has had on her life. From a simple homemaker to a confident entrepreneur, she has defied the odds and emerged triumphant. And as she looks towards the horizon, she does so with hope, knowing that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible.