Forty-four-year-old Derilla R Marak is a self-employed woman now. However, there was a time when she felt as though there were no opportunities for her to grab. It wasn’t until her friends told her about computer classes at CIRC Tura that she began to see windows of opportunities for herself. At CIRC Tura, she began with basic computer knowledge and went on to learn Photoshop, PageMaker, Corel Draw, besides learning how to access information online — all under the Women for Empowerment programme. Armed with her computer knowledge, she now provides marginalised people with low-cost digital services.
At her little enterprise, she makes services like photocopying, printing and scanning available to the local community at a nominal but sustainable price. This way, she is able to contribute about Rs. 2,000 to her household income.
Wife of a pastor, Derilla says, “I occasionally help my husband with programmes, crusades and conventions at the ministry level too.” Recently, she attended a programme on health awareness at Baghmara where she used her knowledge and skills of computer to give a presentation to the community members. Coming up on her agenda are baking classes that she wishes to provide to women in her community to teach them to make cakes, biscuits and other things.