37 years old Rajesh, a tailor by trade, lives with his wife and five children in a  remote village in Bihar. His life fell apart one day when his land was unjustly seized. He became  anxious and confused, stayed out late and developed  insomnia. The family spent all their money to help him, even resorting to witchcraft. But it was of no use. Rajesh became mentally unstable, was no longer able to work and the family was rendered penniless.

When the Roshni team heard about Rajesh, they took him to the Duncan hospital for treatment. He recovered and a year later Roshni provided him with a sewing machine. Now he earns between 400 and 500 rupees each day. The whole family is happy and feels cared for once again. 

Gita is tiny – 4 foot something. Born in a village in Bihar, she was married at 12. As is customary in some parts of India, when she turned 15, she began living with her husband’s family. Her husband, a barber, ran a shop in Delhi more than a thousand kilometers away. He travelled back and forth to Bihar and over the next 10 years, Gita had 4 children, one boy and three girls. Finally, at the age of 25, Gita and her children, moved to Delhi.

Gita’s husband’s business was going well, but she noticed that he took a medicine every day. He wouldn’t tell her what it was for. Then one day he took her and the children to a hospital where they ran some tests following which Gita and the youngest daughter were started on medicines. Read More

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