‘If there is a tragedy in your life, education gives you the ability to deal with the challenge and change your life – in my case the two converged – I opened a beauty parlour because I had the talent and education to do so, my father died, and it was then that I knew I had to take care of my family, and I could, because I had been to school.’
Roopali Jain ‘Ruby’ owns a beauty parlour in Guna, Madhya Pradesh. Ruby was able to open her own beauty parlour in her grandmother’s house because she took a loan from a bank – the bank gave Ruby a loan because she had completed her education to grade 12 with good marks.
Ruby decided to open her own parlour when her father died, because there was no one else who could look after her family.
Ruby, who had always been artistic, decided to study in a parlour to become a beautician and at the same time she studied late into the night to complete grade 12 and then her college degree by correspondence.
Today, Ruby has her own beauty parlour and people come from far away to visit Ruby’s parlour because they say, ‘she has magic in her hands’. Ruby is 26 years old.