Khatun, a 35-year-old digital entrepreneur from Eastern India, is a remarkable example of self-reliance and perseverance. Despite facing a locomotor disability that limits her movement, Khatun was determined to achieve her goal of becoming an entrepreneur, and her family supported her every step of the way.
Unfortunately, her peers and community members did not share her vision and often demotivated her. However, with the help of the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) Samarth program, an initiative of EquallyAble and Digital Empowerment Foundation, Khatun was able to turn her dreams into reality.
As a GOAL mentee, Khatun enrolled in the digital literacy program, where she received training on how to use digital tools and the internet to access information. After completing the program, she founded her own digital center with support from EquallyAble and Digital Empowerment Foundation, providing digital literacy to her community and meeting their digital service needs, such as photocopying and enrollment in government schemes.
Thanks to her digital center, Khatun now has a steady source of income that supports her family financially, while also serving her community. Her story is one of many that highlight the impact of the EquallyAble GiveHope1000 initiative, which has been made possible through the support and cooperation of Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, Accenture, and other organizations.
Khatun’s determination and success are an inspiration to us all, demonstrating that with the right support and training, individuals can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.