Sankrail, West Bengal
Born hearing and speech impaired, Nrishingha Malik
faced a major hurdle when he graduated from his Sewing Machine Technician
course at SEDI – how to appear for an interview to get a job? Something most
take for granted, became a major blockage for the young man from Sankrail West
Bengal, and he decided to turn his attention to kick-starting his own business
And his gamble has paid off! The silence in his world
helped him focus his energies on his new tailoring business and the business
took off! So much so that today he employs 5 people from his village and his
average monthly turnover is Rs. 1,10,000
– Obtaining a loan from the bank, Nrishingha
launched a small tailoring shop in Howrah purchased by his father, and was soon
receiving orders from local Haats (local retailers) – working around the clock
to fulfil the orders. During the pandemic he pivoted and started making masks
for the Government and other local orders.
• Employer – Providing a job and secure income to 5 people from his village,
Nrishingha, as the Master Trainer, focuses on cutting, while the others focus
on measuring, sewing and liaising with customers.
activities – Nrishingha has not allowed his physical limitations to hold
him back, and throughout the pandemic and lockdown, he bought and distributed
food for the many impoverished around him.
– He has inspired many other physically challenged youngsters in his
neighbourhood to chase their dreams and achieve success in life.
Nrishingha has refused to live life as ‘disabled’ and
now sees himself as ‘differently abled’. As a role model in his community, many
other physically challenged youth are now changing the way they view their
impairment – seeing it as simply a stumbling block that they can overcome, if
only they believe in themselves