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Thandra Vipula Sarapak, Telengana

Thandra's life was full of hardships with one misfortune following another. She belonged to a poverty-stricken family of five, including her parents and two siblings. With so many mouths to feed.

Nayanalata Behera Bhadrak, Odisha

Nayanalata is an inspiration. She has lifted herself from abject poverty to being self-sufficient. Most importantly, she has built a dignified life for herself. However, fate has not always been kind to her. Since her early days, her life was dotted with one mishap after another.

Asia Khatun Darrang District, Assam

Married at an early age of 16 to a daily wage earner, Asia faced hardships since the early days.  With two children, it was close to impossible to arrange two square meals for the family. Things only became worse when Asia’s husband suffered from severe typhoid.

Sk Kowsur Behala, West Bengal

Since the beginning, life has been harsh on Sk Kowsur. Early in his childhood, he lost his mother and to add to his woes, in his youth his father too passed away due to a heart attack. Needless to say, living the life of an orphan is not only tough

Nisha Kumari Patna, Bihar

Nisha’s father worked in a small grocery store. Needless to say, his income was minimal. From the lack of basic amenities to the need for discontinuing education, Nisha faced inadequacy all throughout, but nothing stopped her from dreaming.

Puspanjali Sahoo Cuttack, Odisha

Puspanjali's journey is a story of inspiration. With an impetus from Bandhan-Konnagar, Puspanjali has been able to create a self-reliant ecosystem around herself. She was born into meagre means. Her father had a small grocery shop.