A three wheel revolution

April 16, 2013 - 5 minutes read

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Ordinary women doing extraordinary things across India.

As much strange and interesting as it sounds, the statement proves to be true when India’s first ever Female Rickshaw Driver, Sunita Chaudhary, with two other strong and successful women of society, embarked upon a journey, in search of the ordinary women with extra ordinary talents.

This revolutionary project was basically initiated by Vodafone Foundation to empower the Indian women by providing them with opportunities; from self-defense to setting up a new enterprise and several other dynamic programs.

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source: www.redrickshaw.in

Laura Turkington – Director of Vodafone Foundation (India), is a proud woman living in India for almost two years now. She is amongst the active drivers of this revolutionary campaign along with Carina Deegan and of course, Sunita Chaudhary.
9th March, 2013 was the date, on which this adventurous journey began from Delhi to Mumbai.

They discovered and encountered some of the most amazing and inspirational women across the India, travelling 1500km and spanning five States.

Some of the success stories they discovered on route, are mentioned below:

1. Jyotsna Sitling– A woman, who nurtured a strong passion for ecological conservation, decided that forestry was her vocation. So, she started an awareness campaign despite all the difficulties she had to face. Due to her consistency and belief in her hard work, she became the first Indian women forester to join to Indian Forest Service in 1987.

 

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source: wwwredrickshaw.in

2. Fehmida Malik– A 42 years old woman who belongs to a well-educated family. She grew up with a noble intention to help children with mental disabilities. After completing her studies in Clinical Psychology, she joined an NGO in Gujarat and is successfully fulfilling her dream.

 

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source: www.redrickshaw.in

3. Jayashree Rajpurohit– This woman of 30, currently teaching in a school, is an example of how much strong a woman can be, in the face of problems, if she has the will. Due to the illness of her husband, she was indebted from head to toe, to keep up with the increasing medical fees. To add to her hardships and miseries, her husband died leaving two children behind to be fed and looked after. Against all odds, she kept on fighting and succeeded in getting a job at a local school. Now, she is not only bringing up two children but also, continuing her studies, has advanced to 12th grade.

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source: wwwredrickshaw.in

4. Ramilaben Govindbhai – A perfect model for those hesitant women, who want to be an entrepreneur or enter the business world. She started with a cow and a village, as her business market to supply milk but she had a vision and a determination to grow more and pursue her dreams. She did not rest and strived hard for 12 years. Today, she is a proud owner of her very own dairy farm with 280 cows and 40 employees to report to her.

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source: wwwredrickshaw.in

5. Sulekha Ali– A young woman, tormented by the riots in Gujarat, she was compelled to leave her home and live in refugee camp. In spite of the tragic circumstances she was living in and the physical and mental pain she was suffering with, it didn’t stop her from inspiring the children living with her, in the camp. The interaction with them, while she was living there, ignited a spark that grew into something substantial as she started to heal and nurture them. Six months later, when she was to leave the camp, she had a plan formed. This is how The Arzoo Education & Activity Center came into existence. Today she is providing knowledge, livelihood, and healthcare facilities to many underprivileged children.

All these women are the living example of courage, persistence and strength of a character. They are a beacon of hope for every woman, who is suffering injustice at the hands of a male dominated society, facing the limitations of family traditions and is deprived of the opportunities to excel, that where there is a will, there is a way.

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