Eighteen-year-old Poornima dreams of starting an artificial jewellery business of her own. Hailing from a village in South Karnataka, she was married at the age of thirteen and is now a mother of a two-year-old girl.

“I got married early because my parents wanted me to. I dropped out of school when I was in standard 5.” said Poornima.

Poornima is a beneficiary of the Initiative for Married Adolescent Girls Empowerment (IMAGE) programme supported by Terre des Hommes and executed by the organisation PMSR.

PMSR encouraged her to think of her future which is how she arrived at the jewellery business idea. To support her in her endeavour, PMSR helped her open a bank account with the support of her husband. “With my bank account, I have the freedom to do what I want with my money. I can save and invest in my jewellery business. I need to buy some materials to make the jewellery” said an excited Poornima. “Before I used to keep money in a box at home, but now I’m happy I have a bank account because I feel money there is safer.”

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On 21st of September,2019, Poornima got her bank account opened through PMSR at Syndicate Bank. PMSR helped her with documentation for the bank account by helping her with an aadhar card, photographs and getting
an address proof.

“PMSR has taught me the basics of using a bank account.” said Poornima. “I just want to make money and save it.

With that money I can buy things for the house and for my baby. Now that I have an account, I feel independent. I can take money whenever I want and put money whenever I want.” said Poornima. “Every girl should have a bank account because it makes her independent and secure.”

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