With this in mind, and before securing her Permanent Resident (PR) status, she decided she would go to Canada to study to become a pharmacy technician at the Institute of Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. When she graduated, she worked as a labourer while waiting for her PR to be processed. Bhavya worked as a pharmacy assistant in Regina but was frustrated that her job didn’t match her education and skill level as a pharmacist. Making matters worse, she suffered a major setback in her personal life that left her feeling very emotionally frustrated and depressed. She seriously considered moving back home but, after four years of being in Canada, she knew she had to make it work.
Bhavya decided she would pursue her pharmacy certification exams so she could be licensed as a pharmacist in Canada. As part of this process, she required a course in patient counselling which was only available in Toronto. Despite her pharmacy assistant’s salary, she had saved enough to start the process and wrote her first exam. Then she decided to pursue the counselling course in Toronto.
Sadly, shortly after moving to Toronto however, Bhavya’s father passed away and she had to use her remaining savings to attend his funeral in India. She was unsure how to pay for her remaining exams. She seriously considered giving up. With the encouragement of her mother, she returned to finish her course in Toronto. Her mother’s advice was fortuitous, because it was while taking this course that she learned about Windmill Microlending from a fellow student.
Bhavya received a loan to write her final certification exams. She was incredibly grateful because Windmill’s support helped her clear this final financial hurdle and make it over the finish line. She landed a position as a pharmacy technician.
After several months of studying, and with Windmill’s help to pay the exam fees, she wrote and passed her final two exams. After completing her internship, she received her license to practice as a pharmacist in Canada.
After getting her professional license, she landed a full time job as a pharmacist in Regina. With this job security and the income it provided, she was able to sponsor her mother and her brother and, for the first time in seven years, was able to spend her birthday with her family. In this way, not only did Windmill help Bhavya re-enter her profession, but it helped re-unite her family in Canada as well.
“Just imagine if you hadn’t approved that loan, I wouldn’t be a pharmacist right now. If I did not get this support, I would have gone back to work as a tech at a lower pay rate and below my skill level. I would not have been able to sponsor my mother, or my brother.”