Atishi Marlena, the stellar woman from Aam Aadmi Party spearheaded several initiatives to improve the condition of government schools in Delhi. The results were spectacular. The passing percentage increased, school infrastructure and reading skills improved, private schools were forced to refund the excess fees they charged and much more. And after tirelessly working towards improving the education in government schools, she was suddenly sacked by the Central government. Here are five amazing ways she brought a positive change in Delhi's government schools.
Over 66 per cent of girls in Bangladesh are married before the age of 18. A 17-year-old girl is addressing this issue and has successfully managed to eliminate child marriage from her community. Read more about how this fierce young lady Moni Begum did it without any money.
Kousalya was married at an age of 19 and by the time she turned 20, she was already a widow, HIV positive and thrown out of her marital home. She caught the virus from her husband, who had kept his positive status a secret from her. This is when she decided to fight for her rights and became the first woman in India to publicly disclose her HIV positive status. Today, over 30,000 HIV+ women and children are positively impacted by Kousalya's amazing work.
When farmers of Navalgund, North Karnataka faced a frequent drought and water-less monsoons, they adopted the simple idea of farm pond to irrigate their farms. A simple, quick and sustainable way to store rainwater and use it when necessary throughout the year has resulted in miraculous positive impact in the lives of thousands of farmers in this rain-fed region. While other farmers are facing crop losses, they have managed to multiply their profits. This is how they did it and why every farmer in a drought-prone area should do it too.
When the students of a school lacked access to clean drinking water in Belgaum, a 22-year-old engineer came up with a portable, affordable and effective water filter to solve the issue. The pocket-sized water filter costs just Rs 20 and can purify water instantly.
What can a simple cafe do? Well, it can change lives. And this is exactly what MITTI Cafe has done. A cafe managed and run exclusively by differently-abled people, MITTI has brought not just the positive behavioural change in its employees but has also led to an actual physical change. Read more about the amazing cafe and its heartwarming journey!
Vishwanath Kenchi, a 50-year-old weaver from Gajendragad, Karnataka spent 25 years struggling to make his ends meet. The meagre wage and poor condition of weavers made him start a handloom production business in 2007. Today, after 10 years, he has 50 looms in his units and 120 weavers work under him. His annual profit of 2016 stood tall at Rs 90 lakhs. This is how a humble weaver became a beacon of hope for the entire weaving community in Gajendragad.
Arkhiben Vankar is a walking encyclopedia of traditional knowledge when it comes to herbs and plants. She has been helping farmers save their crops through her amazing herbal innovations, which are giving competition to other products in the market.