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Mrs. SUMANTAI KAMBLE

From ignorance to Knowledge
From Knowledge to Development
From Development to unlimited prospects.

I was married at a tender age and became mother within a very short period. I had to look after my son and a very large family. The family being very orthodox I was ignorant of the outside world .I was hardly in my thirties when the fate snatched away my husband from me. Being ignorant about my legal rights I lost my property. Those, in whom I had trusted, let me down. I had nowhere to go.

Then I came in contact with Sanjutai of Mata Balak Utkarsha Pratishthan. She along with other ladies in MBUP stood by my side like elderly sisters and helped me in the recovery of my property. I understood the meaning of becoming “self reliance “….!

Without paying heed to cultural norms, social pressures, traditions, I stepped out of the house to acquire what was legally mine. Initially I felt shy. Meeting bank officers, several government officials were a daunting task. However my brother and MBUP helped me shed my inhibitions. Ultimately I could succeed in my struggle of acquiring which was rightfully mine .

I had to earn my bread for living. With MBUP's help I joined course in Nursery Teacher's training . With the support from the organization I was also able to get valuable practical experience in “Nursery Teaching” in Pune. I got exposed to the working of Women's organizations in Pune. I was offered the job of Nursery teacher in MBUP's Utkarsh Balak Mandir .

Very soon I also became The Head mistress of the School.I had stayed with my parents for a year. I decided to stay away. My son was attending school. The financial condition became critical and I had to find out additional source of Income. I decided to work with credit society of Sangola and also to do tailoring at night. Thus my days became extremely busy from morning till late night. There were other challenges waiting for me. My son dropped out of school. He did course in Electronics and I helped him in setting up a small shop. That too could not succeed. However I did not succumb under pressure. Even in adverse conditions I built my house , got my son married ( without taking Dowry) , encouraged my daughter-in- law to complete her graduation. I became agent for two postal schemes and was able to supplement my family financially. Throughout this difficult and testing period ladies in MBUP supported me wholeheartedly.

MBUP got associated with “Vanasthali Grameen Vikas Kendra , Pune” for the refresher's course for nursery teachers. Fourteen such sessions have been conducted till date and I have worked as coordinator for all these sessions. In a nutshell I can say that I could shape my destiny only with the help of MBUP. The experience of working with MBUP is enriching. During the past so many years I have seen several cases where MBUP has helped women in shaping up their future and has created responsible and self – reliant citizens of India.