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Two generations, one aspiration
Wednesday, 07 July 2021
This is a story of a mother-daughter duo who come from two different generations, yet they share a common goal. 24 year-old Mamta Solanki and her 43 year-old mother Meena Kanwar are residents of Kishanganj village in the Baran district of Rajasthan. Mamta was married five years ago, but is currently separated from her husband. Meena is a widow, and mother of four. One of her sons works as a helper at a nearby Dhaba (unorganised restaurant), and the other son works as a daily wage labourer. Both contribute a small amount to the family. While one daughter is happily married, Mamta has moved back to live with her mother.
Meena cooks the midday meal at the local Anganwadi (government pre-school) for which she earns INR 2000 per month. Apart from this, she is also the president of an SHG under the Rajivika initiative. Mamta does stitching work for which she earns between INR 500 to INR 100 per month.
Unfortunately, neither of them had a chance to complete high school. It was the intervention of Manjari Foundation through the Second Chance Education Programme that evoked an interest in these two women to pursue their higher education.
The mother-daughter duo enrolled themselves for class 10 exams under NIOS (National Open University). Initially, people in the village mocked them, but the two women did not let that deter their spirit. Both of them come from totally different generations, yet they are working towards a single aspiration – to become literate. Isn’t that an inspiring story?