Transgender opens boutique in Madurai

Collector inaugurates garment outlet at Poomalai complex

Updated - October 18, 2013 01:09 pm IST

Published - October 18, 2013 12:36 pm IST - MADURAI:

Madurai; Tamilnadu; For Daily; 17/10/2013.Srinidhi, a transgender displays a saree to a shopper at her garment shop in the city on Thursday. Photo;G_Moorthy

Madurai; Tamilnadu; For Daily; 17/10/2013.Srinidhi, a transgender displays a saree to a shopper at her garment shop in the city on Thursday. Photo;G_Moorthy

After struggling for over a year to launch her own business venture, Srinidhi, a transwoman, finally opened a designer boutique in Madurai.

It was a dream-come-true moment for 26-year-old Srinidhi, when Collector L. Subramanian inaugurated the garment outlet at Poomalai Shopping Complex opposite Anna bus stand on Thursday.

Ms.Srinidhi is the first transgender in the State to have started a garment shop with financial help from the Mahalir Thittam. She thanked former Collectors U. Sagayam and Anshul Mishra for the assistance they extended to her in securing the loan.

Named after her, the textile store has clothing for women and kids. The prices of the products range between Rs.250 and Rs.1,000.

“Unlike a few transgenders who are forced into undesirable acts to make a living, I want to lead a noble life by running my own textile shop,” said Ms.Srinidhi.

Though she had got a Masters’ degree in business administration from Madurai Kamaraj University, Ms.Srinidhi was constantly denied job opportunities owing to her gender. However, this prompted her to turn an entrepreneur. “I plan to expand my business and employ more transgenders, and my wish is to export garments soon,” she added.

“It is a proud moment for the transgender community. The Central and the State governments should encourage people like Ms.Srinidhi and help uplift them by providing financial aid and self-employment opportunities,” said Barathi Kannamma, a transgender social activist.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.