At 30 years old, Raksha is unable to either read or write.
Growing up in poverty, her father – an alcoholic – threw away their income on liquor. Her mother worked as a labourer to earn money to feed her children, but there was never enough for anything else. School was a luxury that was out of their reach. Today, the only thing Raksha knows how to write is her name.
Life is a struggle for Raksha’s family. There is no toilet in their home. Their only tap is a communal water pump. There is no bed – just a sleeping mat on the floor. Too often they lay their heads down with hungry stomachs."
But Raksha is resolute: her daughters Sneha and Rutuja will not know poverty the way she has - they will get an education. She is using a small loan from Opportunity to grow a business making tiffin lunch boxes, cooking curries to earn the income she needs to pay for school fees, uniforms and textbooks.
It’s clear – Raksha may not be able to read or write, but with a hand up from someone like you, she is undoubtedly rewriting the future for her daughters.
Today, you can rewrite the future for families like Raksha's. Right now, 5 million girls in South Asia like Sneha aren't in school. They are desperately waiting for an opportunity to go - but they need your help. With an education, these children can create a whole new future for themselves.