Maid who left singapore as a businesswoman _ inquirer business

“Back then, I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted. Exhale yoga venice Life just happened to me,” said Nilushika, who came to Singapore to support her four younger siblings.

In her presentation, Ms Nilushika highlighted the work of Aidha, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Singapore that mainly teaches maids how to manage their money and start businesses. Yoga in indianapolis It was Aidha – a Sanskrit word which means “That to which we aspire” – that transformed her life.


Nilushika said her time in Singapore not only equipped her with business skills, but it also taught her how to empower women in her home country, Sri Lanka.

The money generated from the tea business helped her start her own NGO a few months ago. Yoga nidra meditation art of living She is now teaching women in her village how to start small businesses such as pig farming, dressmaking and spice-packing so as to lead independent lives.

Nilushika said she learnt about Aidha in 2011. Sahaja yoga centers in india She was facing some family problems then and her employer thought Aidha’s courses could help her. Ananda yoga dunedin So her employer paid $400 and signed her up for weekend courses where she picked up financial literacy, business and leadership skills.

“Learning the skills from the courses created more choices and possibilities for me. Yoga therapy seattle I began to realise that education and empowerment are key to a brighter future for women,” Nilushika said in her speech.

Nilushika is one of 3,350 domestic workers whom Aidha has reached out to in Singapore since it was set up in 2006. Ejercicios de yoga para adelgazar There were 237,100 such workers as of June this year. Yogamatters jersey The NGO, which started as a United Nations Women project, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

According to Aidha’s figures, more than four in 10 maids who joined its weekend classes go on to start businesses in their home countries. Yoga sutras translation About a third of those who start a business go into farming, while the rest open restaurants and retail shops.

Aidha also educates domestic workers on the importance of savings. Good yoga youtube videos Based on a study of about 1,300 of its students, it found that their monthly savings increased by 68 per cent to about $220 after attending two financial literacy courses. Yoga for neck and shoulder pain relief That is almost half of the monthly salary of Indonesian and Filipino maids.

“Having adequate savings and skills to start a business is key, given the dearth of good employment opportunities and low pay back in their home countries.

The maids who turn up at Aidha, which is located at United World College in Dover Road, pay $400 to attend three-hour lessons twice a month on Sundays for nine months.

For instance, MasterCard donated US$15,000 (S$21,700) last week to Aidha’s fund-raising campaign. Yoga beginners youtube A third of Aidha’s costs are covered by student fees, while the rest are drawn from corporate and institutional funders.

The courses, which include language and IT skills, are run by more than 200 trained volunteers. Yoga routine youtube These volunteers, and some maids, also organise hobby-related classes such as on dancing, make-up, yoga and cooking during the weekends.

“We estimate a multiplier effect of nine lives impacted for each of the women who attend our courses based on their average number of dependants and the number of employees in the businesses they start.

Indonesian maid Nur Aini, 34, has been attending courses and helping Aidha with administrative work for the last five years. Yoga reading She is also the leader of a dance group there.

“Aidha is like a second home to me. Jnana yoga bhagavad gita I gained confidence in using English to communicate with others,” said Ms Aini, who plans to return home to start an English school in four years’ time.

banner