Lighting up a life
As a child in Doom Dooma, Assam, Apu Moran saw his parents struggle to raise their family. As they faced financial difficulties and other challenges, Apu knew what he wanted to do when he grew up - bring in much-needed income. But without any qualification, skills or training, Apu didn’t have any substantial job or income prospects.
After a friend encouraged him to visit Hindustan Unilever Limited’s Prabhat Livelihood Centre, Apu found himself interested in the ‘Electrical’ course. Despite his initial doubts about job prospects and the value of the course, he took a leap of faith and enrolled for it.
Apu learnt switch board installation, electrical wiring, testing and repairs, among other things. The happy outcome—he got a job in Siliguri, West Bengal, India with a regular monthly income.
Delighted with the positive result, there is no looking back for Apu now. He hopes to learn more about electrical wiring as he paves the path for starting his own workshop one day.
Prabhat, the *USLP-linked community development initiative of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), aims to build sustainable and inclusive communities around HUL sites. In the last five years, through focussed efforts on enhancing livelihood, water conservation and health & well-being, it has touched 2.95 million lives across 30+ locations and has over 5000 HUL employee volunteers involved in it.
*About the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP):
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands. The plan has three big goals:
- Improving health & well-being for more than 1 billion
- Reducing environmental impact by ½
- Enhancing Livelihoods for millions