Unable to read and left widowed by an alcoholic husband who died of malaria,
At the age of 48, Udaya had never even seen a school. She spent her days walking the forests, gathering fruits to sell in the markets of the surrounding cities in order to make a living.
At 28 years old, Laila was a wife and a mother of two. At 28 years old, Laila was also uneducated, and her family was very poor.
Samaja and her community live in a mountainous region, relying on agriculture and the natural resources of their land for opportunities to work.
When I was a child, I did not get the opportunity to study. When I heard that they were going to start literacy classes in our village, I felt very happy.
Though I hold the highest post in the village, I was unable to read and reply to the goverenment orders and letters. I was afraid that I might have to lose my job.