I 240. (July 15, 2019): Sunita achieves her dream:

“Girls can do anything that a man does and most of the times she does it better than him” quoted Sunita.

A young woman from Anola Yoyam Gram Panchayat Piprahich Block District Gorakhpur smiles coyly when asked about her dreams and aspiration. Sunita comes from a family of 3 brothers and 1 sister. Coming from a family of daily wage laborer, Sunita had to stop her education after she completed her 12th Standard.

“My father always believed that it’s a man’s work to go out and earn and women are meant for the household chores. I changed his views when I joined my Lakshya Young Woman Self Help Group 11 months back.”

This is how Sunita started working towards her dream of being able to earn and complete her education. She voluntarily works as an Internal Social Capital (Health) with RGMVP. She helps in the identification of pregnant woman and tells them about the do and don’ts of pregnancy from the types of food to eat to the identifying danger signs she tells them all by doing home visits.

“From the money that I receive through this work, I pay my college fees. Right Now, I am in my 2nd year of Masters. I plan to study more and work for the betterment of society. Now my father doesn’t stop me from going anywhere. Today, I am sitting here because of the hard work I have put in and the information that I gathered because of my YWSHG. My YWSHG helped me gain confidence. Now, I can speak in front of 100 people without any hesitation. This is the biggest change and all because of my YWSHG.”

From waking up at 3 in the night secretly to study so that her father doesn’t find out, to now working late night with the support of her father Sunita’s story is worth telling.  Joining Lakshya Self-Help Group changed her life, and she completed her Lakshya (Dream) of earning and completing her education.

Sunita has empowered many young women to face challenges and complete their education and work for a living.

“I want to see a world where girls are no longer dependent on others and make their own decisions. I want all the girls to change the outlook of their fathers just like I did.” Sunita said, with a cheerful smile.

Sara