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Story of Manjunath

Manjunath in his moped speeding to attent a client
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Manjunath in his modified moped speeding to attent a client

Manjunath, 34, is a trend setter and an excellent source of inspiration to his panchayat. After completing an 8-month T.V. Mechanic course, he runs his own T.V. service centre. Now he also plays an active role as a representative of the panchayat and Secretary of the Disabled Peoples Organisation - Chaitanya Angavikkalara Ookuta

Manjunath- a trend setter

Manjunath, 34, is a trend setter and an excellent source of inspiration to his panchayat. Looking at him as he speeds along on his moped and during discussions in the self- help group and federation meetings, one rarely thinks he is a person with a disability. Little do we know that his upper and lower limbs are paralysed, being severely affected by polio when he was 3 months old. It was due to limited access to physical rehabilitation services that his severity progressed.

Manjunath grew up as an introvert. He was conscious of how others looked at him with pity and helplessness. People also did not encourage Manjunath’s participation in social activities! Through the support of his family, he completed an 8-month T.V. Mechanic course at the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre run by the government in Bangalore.

CBM’s Intervention

The project team identified Manjunath in 2008 and set goals for his holistic rehabilitation to improve his economic and social life. Initially he was given a small grant to develop his T.V. repair business, which he operated from home. In 2010, he was motivated to set-up his own T.V. repair shop and also partner with his uncle for retail of televisions with a loan. Today, he earns a substantial monthly income. He has repaid his entire loan and is now in a position to help others in need

After joining the self-help group, Manjunath's confidence level has improved considerably. Moreover, he was selected as a representative of the panchayat and he is also a Secretary of the Disabled Peoples Organisation - Chaitanya Angavikkalara Ookuta. Now he takes an active part in the gram sabha and interacts with the panchayat to ensure people with disabilities get access to their rights and entitlements

Manjunath proudly quotes -

 
“Today my life is better than the non-disabled people in my neighbourhood. I’m able to achieve and earn more than my peers. My life has changed through this project"


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