Kalpana

Kalpana never felt the need for education. She worked as a domestic servant with her mother.

Kalpana never felt the need for education. She worked as a domestic servant with her mother. VOICE 4 Girls helped to change her mind: “VOICE made me realise the importance of staying in school and getting a degree. I know if I study hard now, I can earn for my family later.” After returning to school, Kalpana learned leadership skills from VOICE 4 Girls, supported younger girls and now plans to speak to her village about the importance of education.

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Women with secondary school education earn almost twice as much as those with no education (World Bank). An Indian girl with 10 years of education is six times less likely to be forced into an illegal early marriage than a girl with no education (UNICEF India).