Soon after establishing the home, Aarti expanded its focus on enabling destitute women earn some money to ensure at least partial economic independence. Parveen was one of the first women to enroll in the livlihood programs offered by Aarti. Parveen was a mother of two, getting stifled in her slum. Like most of the women in her community, she was illiterate. Even today she remembers how her father has sold off her textbooks to buy new clothes for her brother.
Parveen came from a very traditional and conservative village, and women did not frequently leave the village. However, Parveen, decided to take the leap. Her husband supported her in her endeavors, but many in her community were not so kind. Parveen was ostracized by her neighbors: rumors circulated about the nature of her work and she was eyed suspiciously. But she persevered. She persevered against the men and women who thought she was going against the beliefs and values of her family, society and religion.
Soon, she became a competent and skilled seamstress, and her confidence grew as her products began to sell. The very people who shunned her were now seeking her help and taking small loans from her.
With growing esteem and influence, she has now become a leader in her community, where she is working to ensure that every girl child is being educated. Parveen became a woman of means, an agent of change, a force to reckon with, because she embraced the chance she got. She has overcome adversity and social bias, and is now working to ensure that every girl in her community gets an opportunity to be educated and valued.