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Jyothi Reddy: Her Story From Being A Labourer To IT Firm’s CEO

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  •  September 18, 2015

Mrs. Jyothi Reddy’s story from a field laborer to the CEO of Key Software Solutions in the US is mind-blowing. Read below…

Jyothi Reddy has not only changed her life, but also the lives of many women in rural India. At 16, she was forcibly married off to a man, and by the time she turned 18, she had 2 children.

From a daily wage of Rs. 5, today Jyothi has risen up above her own fear and complexity.

In 1988, she started working as a teacher with a salary Rs 120 a month. She remembers, “In those days, Rs 120 was a lot of money for me. I could at least buy fruits and milk for my children. Next, I worked as a National Service Volunteer for Rs 200 a month.”

Later, she moved out of her village with her children and went to Hanamkonda town. She learned typewriting and joined a craft course. She went on to achieve a degree of BA from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University in 1994 and studied for a postgraduate degree from the Kakatiya University on weekends and obtained it in 1997. This made her fetch a salary of Rs. 398 per month. Rest of the time, she used to sell sarees to her co-passengers which helped to gain some extra income.

She told The Times of India, “In 1992, I got an 18-month job as a special teacher at Ameenpet, 70 km from Warangal. The journey would cost me more than my salary. I used to sell sarees in the train every day to earn the extra money. Finally I got a regular job in 1994 at a monthly salary of Rs 2,750. I worked as mandal girl child development officer and would inspect the schools.”

She continues, “My next step was to learn software from VCL Computers in Hyderabad. I took a long leave from the office; got my passport and H1 visa ready and in 2000 I went to the US, where my husband’s cousin was. I took a job in a shop earning $60 for a 12-hour job and stayed as a paying guest with a Gujarati family.”

And as they say, rest is history. From Rs. 5 as her salary, she is now the CEO of a software company in the US. Though long, but a fruitful & inspiring journey.

Extracts taken from The Logical Indian.

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