The story of Suchitra Swain is a tale of resilience, empowerment, and community spirit. Suchitra, a devoted wife and mother of three, resides in a close-knit household alongside her husband, children, and in-laws. Their lives, once centered around the rhythms of agricultural labour, were forever transformed when Suchitra became involved in Project Nirmanshree.

It was through a village acquaintance that Suchitra first learned of Project Nirmanshree's transformative potential. Intrigued by the promise of new opportunities, she wasted no time in rallying her fellow womenfolk to explore the programme's offerings. Recognizing the importance of unity and solidarity, Suchitra believed that together, they could unlock a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Under the guidance of Project Nirmanshree’s team, Suchitra and her peers embarked on a journey of discovery, immersing themselves in the intricacies of construction work. From mastering the art of cement mixing to embracing vital safety measures, they gained the skills and confidence needed to thrive in a male-dominated industry. For Suchitra, the training was not merely about learning new techniques; it was about reclaiming her voice and asserting her worth in a world that often overlooked the contributions of women.

As construction commenced on Suchitra's own home, she seized the opportunity to put her newfound knowledge into practice. Guiding the process with diligence and care, she ensured that every brick laid was a testament to her resilience and resourcefulness. With the support of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Suchitra's dream of a safe and secure dwelling for her family began to take shape, all made possible through the foundation laid by Project Nirmanshree.

But Suchitra's journey didn't end there. Empowered by her experiences, she embarked on a mission to empower others, training over 160 women in the art of construction and entrepreneurship. As she stood before her eager students – fellow women from Odisha - Suchitra's confidence soared.

She says, "Through Project Nirmanshree, I have had the opportunity to conduct 16 sessions, training 165 women under the 100k outreach program. Witnessing their excitement as they learn new skills and discover ways to support themselves and their families has been truly inspiring. This experience has not only given me the confidence to step out of the house but also enabled me to empower other women by introducing them to the opportunities in construction. Moreover, it has opened my eyes to various government programs that can further support us on our journey to self-reliance."

For Suchitra, Project Nirmanshree is more than just a training programme; it is a lifeline, a pathway to a future filled with promise and possibility. Through her tireless efforts, she dreams of a world where women are not just seen but celebrated for their invaluable contributions to society. And as she looks towards the horizon, Suchitra envisions a future where her children are free to pursue their dreams, armed with the knowledge that anything is possible with determination and resilience.