Mayalakshmi
Pillars of Change

Mayalakshmi

Mayalakshmi

Mayalakshmi was always determined to support her family financially. Having learned the technique of de-shelling cashew from her parents at a very early age, she had the confidence to start her own de-shelling center.

She motivated her husband to help her start a manual cashew de-shelling unit in the front yard of their house. After the first two years of hard work, Mayalakshmi could save enough to purchase two de-shelling machines and a small drier, and this helped her to increase production.

During the same time, Mayalakshmi met CARE India’s Women Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprise (WLSME) project team, which helped her to avail financial support including subsidies from a bank to purchase a new peeling machine, and employ more than 12 womenin order to reach the ambitious goals she had set for herself.

Today, her income has increased four- fold, and she enjoys a stable financial condition. This has improved the quality of life for her family. She is now a role model for other women from the community, who are following her footsteps to fulfil their aspirations.

“CARE helped me realize my dream of becoming a business-woman. Today, I also want to help more women by making them aware about the various support schemes offered by the government” – Mayalakshmi