Expectation to Excel

Expectation to Excel

By María Elvira Caal Tun Floridalma Elizabeth Canti Bulum is 21 years old and lives in a thatched manaca roof house the village of Xalaja Chivitz, in the north central department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Due to a lack of financial resources, her parents did not...
A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine

A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine

As of the last week of May, 2020, India is in the ninth week of a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the Corvid-19 pandemic. Only essential services are exempt. The crisis has put countless numbers out of work and further threatened the fragile livelihoods...
She’s the Boss

She’s the Boss

Surmani Hansda is mother to two daughters and two sons, and lives with her husband and brother-in-law in Dodari, a small hamlet in the dense Saranda forest in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, India. They belong to the Ho indigenous community, a majority in...
A Small Shop with Big Dreams

A Small Shop with Big Dreams

If you are driving on the highway passing through the Naranga village in the Pakur district of Jharkhand, India, you will undoubtedly notice a bustling little shop situated at a busy crossroads. Not only is it convenient for basic food and home goods purchases, but it...
Crucial Connections

Crucial Connections

Prafulla Chhatria lives in the small village of Beherabahal in Odisha, India with her husband and her four-year-old and two-year-old sons. Like most families in the village, Prafulla and her husband would migrate over 200 kilometers to work as daily wage laborers in...
Powering a Better Future

Powering a Better Future

Kuntala Pradhan is the proud, but humble, president of the Malati Self-Help Group from Khampur village of the Balisankara block in Sudergarh district of Odisha. She merely smiles when someone mentions that Malati recently won the Best Self Help Group award from the...