A resident of Laxmi Nagar community in Yerwada, Tauseef is a persevering youth who has been by his family through all their ups and downs. His family’s sold fruits at the market as a vendor which was a major source of income for them. He has currently appeared for 12th-grade exams and also does odd jobs to help his family out financially.

He was a student of the second Online batch at Yerwada Lighthouse. Despite not having access to a smartphone, Tauseef took a lot of efforts to attend the online foundation course with his friend who lives close by. The lockdown rules during the pandemic often hindered this but he put every effort into reaching his friends home for attending the course.

During the Foundation course, Tauseef would actively participate in the activities conducted and slowly began to realize his true potential. Tauseef’s conditions worsened when he lost his license as a fruit vendor. To support his family, he worked as a truck that delivered vegetables & fruits to the markets early morning. Even though he had worked the whole night, Tauseef attended the online foundation course.

“The Lighthouse helped in difficult times during the pandemic. They provided my family with food when we had no source of income and helped me train myself to get a regular source of income. My family is grateful for their support.” Tauseef

Tauseef’s family also received food packets from PCC during the pandemic. Tauseef is currently placed with BigBasket which gets him a regular income to help his family. For Tauseef, learning is the only constant. Currently, he is pursuing an online course in Retail Management to improve the promotion of his business.

The Lighthouses are designed with a holistic approach to empower the underprivileged by giving them an opportunity to turn their life around. The motive here is not only to help them gain financial stability but also to provide them with emotional support while they’re on the way to self-realization.