At 16 Munni is a remarkable young woman. She lives with her family within one of India’s most marginalised communities, known as ‘Musahar’. When she turned 13, Munni’s father and grandfather arranged for her to be married to secure her financial future. However, Munni’s mother had other plans. She knew that receiving an education was important for her daughter. With the support of community workers supported by Save the Children, Munni was saved from a childhood marriage.
Munni with some of the women she teaches.
Photo credit: CJ Clarke
Now aged 16, Munni dreams of being a doctor. However, she is already proving to be an excellent teacher, after setting up a learning group for women in her neighbourhood.
With Save the Children giving her the support she needed to get started, Munni now teaches more than twenty women, including her mother, to read, write and speak up for themselves.
She may only be 16, but Munni is already stamping her mark on her community.