Empowering Women

“Even though my grandmother was illiterate, she understood the importance of education. She pushed my uncles and their kids to go to school, which wasn’t easy back then because it took an hour by bicycle, thanks to bad roads. While most women in India at that time weren’t outgoing and usually just stayed home, my grandma worked at a farm. They weren’t financially well-off, and my grandfather wasn’t always around, being a policeman. Still, she helped other women have a better life by sharing her knowledge in farming, sewing, and selling clothes. She basically taught them how to start their own business and they were empowering other women in the process. I guess she was motivated to improve their lot in life after experiencing firsthand the struggles of an Indian woman (this was around 40 years ago). And she was unyielding, too. Despite being illiterate, if she knew she’s right, she wouldn’t back down so easily in difficult situations, like when facing a rude bank manager. To me her values were very close to Gandhi’s and hearing her story inspired me to do better in life. Now I’m here in Tokyo with my wife and kid. I work for an IT company.”


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3 thoughts on “Empowering Women

  1. Lovely to read it about her on this special day, she is the Identity for our whole family…love you aaisaheb😊😊 you did that we can’t imagine..

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