Reva Dandage

Reva Dandage Many students in India succumb to suicides because of a rigid and competitive educational system, every year. Reva Dandage was a bright young girl with a promising life ahead until she failed to pass her Grade 12 final exams. While this failure made her question her capabilities, she never imagined that this would…

Jyotsna Sitling

Jyotsna Sitling Jyotsna Sitling belongs to the `Lepcha’ tribal community of Kalimpong, West Bengal. Growing up, she loved plants and chose to study botany at the Darjeeling Government College. With a strong passion for ecological conservation, Jyotsna decided that forestry was her vocation. Soon after, she became the first Indian woman forester to join the…

Jayashree Rajpurohit

Jayashree Rajpurohit 30-year-old Jayashree Rajpurohit hails from a Brahmin family from Umedpur village in Jalore district, Rajasthan. Brahim women in this area often follow the restrictive tradition of wearing a veil and rarely venture out of their homes. Jayshree studied until 10th grade and married soon after. She soon had two lovely kids and lived…

Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel

Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel, a 43-year-old woman from Pentarura village in Sabarkantha district, Gujarat. Ramila never had an opportunity to go to college. Yet, she earns enough money annually to be at par with some corporate CEOs. Ramilaben’s source of livelihood is her dairy farm. On an average, Ramilaben’s dairy farm churns out…

Sulekha Ali

Sulekha Ali Sulekha Ali, a young Muslim woman, was compelled by tragic circumstances to lead a life of misery. In 2002, communal riots broke out in Gujarat that forced Sulekha to abandon her home and live in a refugee camp. This was a time of immense physical and emotional pain. During her stay in the…

Kanku Bai

Kanku Bai Kanku Bai grew up in a family of six, consisting of three boys and three girls in the Nichla Talab village in Kherwara, Rajasthan. As a young girl, Kanku faced gender discrimination where she and her sisters had to herd cattle and her brothers went to school. She also assisted as a mid-wife…

Vijaya Pastala

Vijaya Pastala Vijaya Pastala is the founder & CEO of Under The Mango Tree (UTMT), a social enterprise that brings a variety of agricultural products to the market to support rural livelihoods. While helping in relief work after a devastating earthquake in Latur, Maharashtra, Vijaya noticed that a lot of trade between farmers & buyers…

Rakhi Paliwal

Rakhi Paliwal Rakhi Paliwal is only 23 years old but she is a pioneer in her community. Not only is Rakhi the youngest Vice President of the Upli-Oden Panchayat, Khamnore Block in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, but also the first woman in her community who is studying law and drives a motorcycle. Rakhi travels 50…

Priyanshi Somani

Priyanshi Somani Age does not define the boundaries of excellence and Priyanshi Somani has proved just that. She is the first Indian to win the prestigious Mental Calculation World Cup in 2010, achieving this feat at a young age of 12 years! Participants at the Mental Calculation World Cup compete to solve a series of…

Mittal Patel

Mittal Patel Mittal Patel, a young journalism student in Gujarat University, joined the mainstream media to kick-start her career. In one of her interactions as a journalist, Mittal learnt about the constant struggles of the nomadic and de-notified tribes of Gujarat. As Mittal researched more, she learnt that four million people from these tribes live…