She comes from a small village called Jonha in Jharkhand and does intricate Madhubani painting. She does not like the fact that majority of the girls in and around her village are married off even before they turn 15.
Aarti is working with corporates to create and sell merchandise with Madhubani are print. Further, she is about to start her cottage level start up from her village that would provide employment to many girls and women.
She believes that with means to earn money and education many girls can be saved from the threat of child marriage and reach their full potential.
Biresh Devi struggled due to getting married off when she was a minor. However, she is now a pink auto driver in Jharkhand.
She is now helping other tribal girls by creating awareness about child marriage and by assisting them in setting up their own business. She has formed a support network of women by mobilizing other pink auto drivers in the Ranchi city and is investing in buying shops to set the business up and running within next few months.
Support by Google India Employees
The Fellows received an opportunity to meet with the employees of Google India (Gurgaon) and learnt from them Google products such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Docs etc.
Each girl has also received a buddy mentor who shall be touching base with the girls and helping them out throughout the year.
Aahan Bravehearts Football Team
Rupanti Munda- A talented and passionate football player qualified for the national level championship but could not make it because she could not afford the VISA fees. Her father and brother have been shot dead by armed militants (Naxals).
After attending the Udaan program she motivated girls along with a coach to create a football team of tribal girls.
To her credit, the team of girls who did not even have shoes and access to any nutritional supplement, has started to win at the district level championships.