“Every successful story has a painful beginning,and every painful beginning has a successful ending”, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.The inspirational journey of Mrs.Jyothi Reddy from a farm laborer to IT millionaire is just unbelievable.
Born in a village in Warangal district of Telangana, D Anila Jyothi Reddy is the eldest of four children, whose father a peasant, lost his job during the Emergency.
Since then her inexpedient journey started.Being a motherless child, she had to struggle a lot. It was very difficult for her redundant father to make ends meet, so Jyothi was sent to an orphanage, so that she could get some basic education. After she completed her class x , she was forced to leave her education, at the age of 16,married off to a man,who was not even passed his intermediate and was 10 years elder than her. In the next two years i.e by 18, she was blessed with two daughters. It was extremely very difficult for her to provide even the basic necessities of her children, to feed them and to look after.
The start of the Inspirational Journey: Early Career
Driven by dire poverty, she started working as an agricultural laborer, for Rs5 a day. She worked from 1986 to 1989,till a major turning point came in 1989.Nehru Yuvak Kendra (NYK) started a night school in the village,appointing Jyothi as the volunteer to educate others,as she is the only graduate from her village.It fetched her rupees 150 per month.The University authority was so impressed by her dedication that she was appointed as Mandal Prerak of Hanumankonda.
Academic Pursuit: After being appointed as the MandalPrerak,she started understanding the core importance of education. Following this, she completed her graduation and Post graduation from Ambedkar Open University. She did B.Ed from Anna University and became a Government teacher.
“In 1992, I got an 18-month job as a special teacher in Ameenpeth , 70km from Warangal.I used to sell sarees in the train to earn extra money.Finally, I got a regular job in 1994 at a monthly salary of 2,750.I worked as a Mandal Girl child development officer and would inspect the school”, she says.
But nothing was easy for her, she had bitten off more than she could chew. Left her village, stayed at her workplace with her children and husband, balanced her family and work. She was working in all the alternative ways possible as the salary was not sufficient and it was like a herculean task for her to support her family. Patience, perseverance, and commitment are the key to the success of her life.
She says:” In those days Rs 120 was a lot of money for me. I could, at least, buy fruit and milk for my children.Next, I worked as a National Service Volunteer for Rs200 a month”.
Her Inspirational Journey: American Dream
If the story of her inspirational journey stopped here , there would be nothing much to inspire others.But the major turning point of her life arrived when a relative of her who was settled in America visited her place.On seeing, the way her American relative spending money for her daughters,this was what laid seeds of desires in her.She thought ,even she could provide great future to her daughters if she would go to America and earn her living. After series of early failures, eventually, she flew to America with her little savings but having heart filled dreams.
Once her cousin told her: “an aggressive woman like you can easily manage in America “
Fulfillment of her dreams: As soon as she landed, she realized that it was not at all an easy job to settle in America.The people whom she believed to give her shelter and support turned off their faces.But it is said that ‘there is no force equal to that of a determined woman‘. Therefore, her extensive hard work, commitment, and dedication fetched her the success she dreamt for.
She made enough money in order to fulfill her daughter’s dream and take care of her family as well. Her daughters completed their higher education from the prestigious university in America, well settled and got married.
With the help a close relative, she was hired as a recruiter in company CS America. Gradually she started her own company in the US called ‘Key Software Solutions’.
Now she also sponsors a kid’s home for mentally challenged and has joined hands with other NGOs– Prajadharna Welfare Society, MF Foundation and Child Rights Advocacy Forum(CRAF).
Jyothi Reddy has become an extraordinary example for everyone in the society,who are hindered by several hardships of their lives. She has inspired us to rise above our problems, work hard, and provide us the courage and valor to live our dreams irrespective of any crisis.
As it is said that –
“Sucess is the result of perfection, Hard work is the learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence” , Colin Powell.