Narrative by Vilasini Kumar .
My mother did her best for me
This is me and my mother when I was eight years old. My mother is my hero! She is a single mom and I was raised by her and my grandmother. The only source of income for us was from a small shop they had in Bara Bazaar, a busy market place in Shillong, selling betel leaves and betel nuts. I have no other siblings.
My mother put me through as good an education as she could afford.
The little girl in the front is me in my School Seng Khasi Higher Secondary School when I was in the second grade.
I passed out of Seng Khasi Higher Secondary School and then graduated in Commerce from St.Anthony’s College. Like all teenagers, I too used to dream. I thought being a doctor would be good till I found that science was not my favorite subject! Accounts came easy to me and hence I did a degree in Commerce.
What will my future be? Que sera sera!
Many a times I used to wonder what the future holds for me. After graduation, I did not know what to do. Some of my friends went outside the state to do MBA and other courses. A few went to Bangalore, a city in the South of India and others to cities in the southern state of Kerala. I wanted to go too! But my mother could not afford to send me. I remember going to mother’s shop and crying, thinking I would end up in the market place with my mother selling betel leaves and nuts. Nothing wrong, but I wanted to do something more!
Who would have thought that I was destined to find Chillibreeze and that my life would change! I found out later, Chillibreeze is constantly looking for talented youngsters to join them.
Pursued computer training courses
Life continued—so what next? By nature, I look at the positive side of things and remain happy, whatever the situation. I looked ahead and decided to improve my technical skills.
I did a one year course on computers in Ramakrishna Mission. Then, I did a course in Tally, an accounting software that is very popular in India. It was while doing Tally that I saw a job poster for openings in Chillibreeze. I applied and my life changed.
I was selected to undergo training
Maybe it was just my nature, but somehow I was not nervous when I applied for a job at Chillibreeze. In fact, I found the online application process easy. I was then called for an interview and that too went well. I had no job experience and this was my first job interview, even then I was not afraid! And I was one of a dozen people selected by Chillibreeze to go through a month long training. All through the training, our performance was being assessed and only those who made the grade were recruited by Chillibreeze.
Looking back, I find my casual attitude scary! I would not have liked to miss this opportunity, of being in Chillibreeze! I went through rigorous training and had to prove myself before I was appointed as an executive. It was not easy.
Like many in Shillong, my mother too felt that a government job would be the best option for me. When I took up the Chillibreeze job it was just to gain some work experience. But, once I started working here, I started to love the company and the work. I know now that this is the place for me. It is a lot of hard work and needs discipline, but is truly rewarding.
“After seeing the impact Chillibreeze is having on me and my family, I’d say that this is not just a company I work for, but a big part of my life!”
I was just 21 years old when I joined Chillibreeze. I am now able to provide financial support to my mother and grandmother and it feels so good!
James Syngai, DGM of PPT services in Chilibreeze, who mentors and leads his team, had this to say about Sissy.
Read more about Sissy’s experience and growth in Chillibreeze.