“I am breaking the cycle and I feel proud. I think my mom would have been proud of me too.”
Nita Dhangda is 26 and a Sundara hygiene ambassador in Ashte, India. She was hired earlier this year when Sundara was impressed by her passion for education and her public speaking skills. She traveled to Mumbai to receive training and came back with a certificate – which she has displayed at her home.
Education has always been important to Nita. She was able to attend school until the 10th grade; an accomplishment not many women in Ashte can claim.
When reflecting on her school days she remembers that she never had soap in school – and hardly ever washed her hands during the school day. This instilled in her the great need for soap and hygiene education in tribal areas like Ashte.
She is incredibly proud of her educational achievements and values the work she does of educating others on the importance of proper hygiene practice. Our partner Sundara is doing amazing work teaching people in the communities they serve how important proper hygiene care is, providing them with soap and offering women, like Nita, with amazing job opportunities.
Nita is now the first person in her family who isn’t a farmer. She’s also the first woman in her family to work. Nita grew up watching her mother rely on her husband but is breaking the cycle. With a family that relies primarily on rice farming for income (a job that isn’t secure during seasons of drought) Nita provides a steady income to her household with her job with Sundara.
Your SoapBox purchases are not only impacting people’s lives by providing soap, but also hygiene education and jobs to people in the communities we serve. By supporting our mission and partnership with Sundara, you are providing a gift that continues to give.
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