This scarf is not made by hand. It’s made by ambition, on a machine, bought with savings, that was earned with profit. It’s made by going further.
Sujata: “Every day I wake up at 6am. I do my chores. Then I go to school. My name is Sujata Barik. I am 12 years old. I like going to school. My favorite subject is science. I want to be a doctor. I also want to be a dancer.”
Padma: “Sujata is good student. Now we don’t have enough money to continue her education. But I am saving for her.”
Sujata: “After school, and after chores, is my favorite part of the day… studying.”
Padma: “I am going to give Sujata a better life.”
Sujata: “I love my mother so much. She works so hard for us.”
Padma: “I pray that she will succeed.”
Poverty is isolation. It is hunger and instability. It’s a cycle that’s hard to break. That’s why we work harder. We work smarter on the plan and on the ground. We go further.
Mungli Lohar is a leader in her community. She has partnered with Trickle Up to teach women in her community how to use smartphones to lift them out of poverty.