My name is Umaji Devrav Charole. I live with my mother, four siblings in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra. My father passed away while I was very young, and the responsibilities of the household fell on me. I had to drop out of school in Std. 9 in order to find a job, and worked as a manual labourer to provide for my family.
One day, the local mobiliser from Pratham came to our village and told us about a Vocational Training Center run by Pratham and LTPCT at Latur. As I had previous experience in the Construction sector, I chose to join the Masonry Training Course.
I underwent a 3-month training course at the PACE Centre. We were provided with free stay and food, as well safety equipment, masonry tools and stationery.
Right after the completion of my course I was placed at the L&T’s Worli construction site as an Assistant Mason. I now earn a salary of Rs. 10,000 and send half of it home for the education of my siblings.
The Contractor at my site also has graduated from the same PACE center, and I can see my career developing in the years to come.
Today, I am able to provide for my family only because of the training I received from the PACE center run by Pratham and LTPCT.