Mamta is a 26-year-old artisan who has been with Anchal for five years. She works tirelessly to support her two small children and is saving her income from Anchal so that they can go to private school when they are old enough.
When I asked Mamta if she attended school herself, she told me that she had to drop out in 9th grade to earn an income and help support her family. But Mamta is determined to finish high school and set an example for her children.
Every day her younger sister brings home books from the school library and gives them to Mamta. And after a full day of working at the Anchal office, cooking, cleaning and looking after her children, Mamta studies. She waits until her whole family is asleep and reads, makes notecards, and takes practice tests well into the night.
Mamta is preparing to take the exam for 10th class this summer, and said that she will continue until she passes the exam for 12th class. We are in awe of Mamta's hard work and inspired by her determination.
Mamta is not only setting an example for her children, but for the other artisans as well. They admire and respect Mamta and they now know that anything is possible.
UPDATE: We are overjoyed and proud to announce that Mamta has passed the 10th grade. She is determined to continue until she passes the exam for the 12th grade!