Nandeesha is from a small village in Gadag district of Karnataka. He comes from a large family of 11. His father practices agriculture and two brothers work in nearby areas. Nandeesha studied in the local school and then moved to Bangalore in 2015 for work. But after struggling to adjust to life in the city for a few months, he decided to go back to his village and resume farming to make a living.
It was then that he heard about the Make India Capable by Head Held High Foundation.
Nandeesha said: “My brother told me about the program, I couldn’t speak or write English properly at the time; I lacked in communication skills. Our villages do have educational institutions but most of us are unaware of various job opportunities and ways to gain skills needed for these jobs. HHH gave me the chance to learn and gain confidence as a person.”
He continued: “I neglected my studies in school/college but I worked hard during the training program as I wanted to make the most of this opportunity. In that sense, it gave me a second chance in life. I also started looking at livelihood options beyond farming. I realized that I could explore those options and always come back to farming if that is what I wanted to do.”
After completing the program, Nandeesha was hired as a member of the airport ground staff at the Bangalore International Airport. He has done well here and has received promotions and recognition at the workplace. He currently earns Rs 20K a month, a significant increase from his 2015 monthly income of Rs 8K. He is happy with the opportunities for growth and aspires to soon be part of the airline ground staff. He credits the program with helping build his confidence as well as develop problem solving and communication skills.