Overcoming Poverty, Nurturing Talent

Overcoming Poverty, Nurturing Talent

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Because Aminaben's family lives in poverty, she had given up hope for an education. She never learned to read or write and dropped out of school after third grade to work in the fields and help with household chores. In her conservatice Muslim community in India, social norms prohibit girls from leaving home to learn, play or socialize.

Her parents did send her to primary school, but she never learned to read and dropped out after third grade. Their dire economic status prompted the family to send Aminaben to work in the fields and do household chores and wage labor.She had given up hope of getting an education until CARE stepped in.

When CARE and a local partner established an adolescent girls' learning center in the area, her parents were reluctant to allow her to enroll. Gradually, CARE helped convince them that the opportunity would greatly benefit their daughter.

Today, Aminaben attends the center where she is learning skills in traditional embroidery and enjoys the freedom to pursue other talents such as singing, which her father forbids her to do outside the center. Her education has helped give her confidence, improve her numeric and language skills, and helped Aminaben learn a craft that can help lift her from poverty.

But to achieve her goals she will still need more opportunities - including markets for her crafts and permission from her father to venture farther from home than the learning center.