When a person is born into this world, he or she does not control what circumstances they are born into.
Sadly, millions are born into marginalized communities.
Social exclusion — or marginalization — is the disadvantage of being placed at the fringe of society. These individuals are blocked from various rights and opportunities, and have limited access to housing, employment, healthcare, and civic engagement. Marginalization can occur for many reasons, including social class, race, skin color, religious affiliation or even appearance.
For Kavitha in India, marginalization occurred because of her family’s background. It had been that way for many generations. She had no choice in the matter and struggled to receive many of the things most of us take for granted, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education.
As a family on the lowest rung of society, Kavitha’s family members were expected to take on menial labor jobs such as cleaning the homes of others.
Because of her family’s circumstance, she was unable to pursue education as a child, and after leaving her family home even a simple manual labor job was out of reach for her.
Kavitha’s future appeared very bleak.
She stayed at home while her husband earned a meager wage as an unskilled laborer in a small-scale sugar factory. Like many in their situation, they were barely making ends meet.
Kavitha did not have much hope in her heart.
Thankfully, others around the world wanted to help. Because of generous and faithful supporters, our staff was able to reach out to Kavitha and help her start an entrepreneurial business.
Kavitha was gifted a mat-making machine and attended mat-making courses — all free of charge because of the support of friends like you!
Now Kavitha is in charge of her future as she weaves each mat by hand and proudly sells her product to others.
Although Kavitha’s circumstances are still difficult, she now has the opportunity to create her own future and inspire others to do the same.