Rohini Waghmare

The Biggest Adventure You Can Take Is To Live The Life Of Your Dreams- Oprah Winfrey

The Biggest Adventure You Can Take Is To Live The Life Of Your Dreams- Oprah Winfrey. At the age of 34, married and fulfilling her duties as a housewife, mother, and daughter-in-law, Rohini Waghmare had already settled into what she thought was her ‘dream life’. All of it changed the day she accompanied a relative to TSSDC Pune where she was asked if she was interested in doing any course? A question that nobody had asked her before, a question that opened a floodgate of million other questions. Can she do a course? Is there any way for her to make a career at this age? Is it feasible? What is the need? What is she good at? Who will employ her? How will she manage family and job? As she worried about the conservative society, her husband stood like a pillar of rock by her side, even visiting the centre to ask the staff to motivate her more. With this crucial hurdle crossed successfully, she put her soul in learning and absorbing all that she was taught in the Assistant Beauty Therapist course. 

Right after finishing this course, she enrolled in a jewellery making course. She credits Tata STRIVE with unleashing an unprecedented force of confidence in her which made her believe she can do anything. Soon, she was displaying handmade jewellery in multiple exhibitions, fairs, events, malls, and get-togethers, an achievement she credits to her STRIVE training where she learnt how to manage real life problems, how to think out of the box, how to communicate effectively in society, how to be self-reliant, and how to manage one’s business. Being financially independent for the first time in her life was an exhilarating experience, however tempered by the fact that she had trouble finding public transport at all the odd hours of day and night as she was traveling to numerous exhibitions for her jewellery. 

Voila! She bought her own auto rickshaw, learnt driving, and now plies it not only to her own jewellery exhibitions but to help other passengers who cannot flag down an auto at ungodly hours. From making, exhibiting and selling her own jewellery to conducting training sessions of handmade jewellery in different institutions to riding her own rickshaw throughout Pune, Rohini is a power brand raring to go. And now she has her eyes set on starting an NGO for differently-abled people to help them become self-reliant. A force of nature indeed!