Punam’s story

Ostracized from the community after her father contracted leprosy, Punam and her family were forced to turn to begging to support themselves. Read about this brave teenager’s struggle with physical and sexual abuse, her return to education and her determination to avoid the pitfalls of child marriage after attending Shakti sessions. read more »






Samira’s story

Samira dropped out of school due to family pressure at the age of 13. Shakti sessions on relationships and negotiation gave her the confidence to talk to her father about her decision to go back to school. The biggest change post Shakti: She returned to school, despite her father’s disapproval, backed by her mother and Shakti mates. Now she has finished school and a jewellery-designing course. As a Shakti peer leader, she runs Shakti groups in her community.  read more »





Nausheen’s story

Before attending Shakti sessions, Nausheen was very shy, hesitant and was, for most part, not allowed outside the house. Through Shakti she gained confidence and was a driving force in the project which re-admitted school drop-outs in Govandi. Read about how she slowly developed the ability to make her voice heard both by her family and within her community.  read more »