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Saritha was affected by Polio when she was a three months old baby, which affected her entire body except for her left hand.She was taken to all hospitals in different states for treatment, she was givenAyurvedic medicine, as a small baby she underwent acupuncture also. After doing all this there was a slight improvement in her.

Before she received support from Livelihood Resource Centre, Bangalore (LRC), she lived in a small village in Prakasham, a district in Andhra Pradesh, with her mother who is a widow and her younger brother, who is also disabled due to Polio. She is a commerce graduate and was keen to continue her education, but was unable to pursue further studies due to financial difficulties.

Struggling really hard to find a job in her village, Saritha eventually established a small shop in her village to generate income and help meet some of the basic needs of her family. Despite this, she never gave up her dreams of joining the corporate world.
The team from Bangalore LRC met Saritha during a visit to her village, and she expressed her interest at finding a formal employment. Just a week before this visit, she had read an article in the newspaper about Vindhya Infotech providing employment to PWDS. She was delighted to meet the team as they were also from Bangalore which was providing very good job opportunities for PWDS. She did not even know that PWDs can get a job and work in such big companies till then.
She was the 1st PWD employee to get selected at LRC to work as an accountant. An assessment was done and a training plan was chalked out for her which focused on all aspects of her accountant role. LRC moulded her into a stronger individual by improving her spoken

English communication skills, accounts and computer skills. Saritha was also given a wheel chair by the LRC and also helped her get a motorized three wheeler through a government scheme.

With better communication skills and greater confidence, Saritha was supported to join an IT company few years back. However looking at her confidence, good communication skills and potential to grow in her career, Bangalore LRC supported her to build on further skills to appear for an interview with Accenture. Accenture selected her and offered her a starting salary of Rs29,000 per month and is currently working as aProgram Control Research Analyst.

In addition, LRC also supported Saritha’s brother and he is also currently working in an IT company. Now Saritha has shifted her mother also to Bangalore and supporting her family. She does make frequent visits to LRC to motivate other disabled candidates to become economically independent.

Cheshire Disability Trust