VHW Profile: The Story of Surekha Sadaphule

Surekha was born and raised in the village of Matkuli, into a lower-caste family as one of four female children. At the time of her birth, the low-caste community members were forced to live in the periphery of the village limits. Their status prohibited them from wearing shoes in the village center, drawing water from... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Arti Pawar

Arti was one of five children growing up. As a female in what she called a “really backward district,” receiving an education was a contested issue. Like many female children in India, Arti was considered a social and economic liability, so neighbors warned Arti’s father against sending her to school.  They told him that if... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Babai Haribhau Sathe

Babai Sathey grew up in Village Jawalka and was one of nine siblings. Babai and her family’s identities and opportunities were dictated by their Untouchable caste. This brand precluded Babai’s family from land ownership. With so many children and a hindered ability to generate income, her parents needed her to take care of her younger... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Yamunabai

Yamunabai is a 60-year-old Village Health Worker (VHW) in the Project Village of Ghodegaon, where she lives together with her husband. She has three daughters and one son. She has been to school only up to third grade. We interviewed Yamunabai to find out more her experience as a VHW and, more specifically, about how... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Sakhubai

Sakhubai is fifty years old. She has never been to school, but has been a Village Health Worker for sixteen years in her village Pangulgavhan (about 45 minutes from Jamkhed). Sakhubai was interviewed to find out more about her experience as a Village Health Worker and, more specifically, about how she views the situation of... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Asha

Written by: Carla Menezes, Khushbu Pandya, and Fara Rodríguez, CRHP volunteers Asha and other Village Health Workers pose after a farm seminar. Asha is a Village Health Worker who has been working with the neighboring slum of Indiranagar for the past twenty-one years. She was born into an Other Backward Caste (OBC) family, and therefore, had... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Sofiabai

Written by: Sumana V Sofiabai is a 73-year-old VHW in Patoda with expansive experience working in improving health, women’s empowerment, and tackling societal obstacles.  Growing up as the oldest of sixteen children, Sofiabai felt pressure to take care of the household early on. The pardah system existed in her small Muslim community within her village,... Continue Reading →

VHW Profile: The Story of Rekha

Written By Lexi Barab Be sure to check out the “Did you know?” section at the end of this blog to learn more about the bold words. Rekha comes into the training room, laughing with the other Village Health Workers. She sits in the chair at the front of the room, adjusts her green sari,... Continue Reading →

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