up to 10,000 INR (US$152) a month from his mobile repair shop, Ranjeet has helped
his family afford safer, more stable housing. “In just one year, we went from living
in a thatched hut to a sturdy brick house,” says Ranjeet’s mother, Sunaina Devi.
“Our difficult days are behind us.”
As much a scholar as an entrepreneur, Ranjeet is now pursuing a bachelor of arts
in geography with honors, as well as other subjects such as history, political science,
and Hindi cultural studies. Ranjeet stresses he also wants his younger sisters to
get an education, including computer literacy, to empower them and create more opportunity
for their family.
Taking a break from the harvest, Ranjeet’s father, Chandeshwar Sehni, reflects on
how far his son’s determination and training have taken the family.