Paresh is currently a second year commerce student. His ambition is to become a chartered accountant or to be a real estate broker. He has lived in Dharavi all his life. His father is a carpenter and his mother is a housewife. Paresh thinks English language will be essential for job interviews, and for his future business ambitions. He would also like to be able to speak with his friends in college. In his free time, Paresh likes to hang out with friends and to play cricket.
Jiten helps his mother and father to sell saris and dresses in various places across Mumbai. He has been sent to the Youth Empowerment Program by his family because they need him to be able to speak English in order to communicate with customers. He has also recently transferred from a Gujarati medium school to an English medium school. He is interested in computers, and his ambition is to become a computer engineer.
Nisha is married and has two small children. Her husband is a carpenter. She needs to learn English in order to help her children with their school work. When she reached 8th Standard, her parents would no longer support her education, and she feels the Youth Empowerment Program is now a huge opportunity. Her mother-in-law looks after her children while she attends, but Nisha has many other household duties. She works hard to be a good mother and a good wife.
She would like to have a part-time job in the future to support her family.