Eleven year-old Swaroopa lives in Sattasar village, Jodhpur District, Rajasthan, India.
During the past year, she and her family’s lives have been transformed. One year ago, Swaroopa would rise at 5:30 am and then spend her days helping her mother Babli with water collection. Given her water collection responsibilities; she was not able to go to school.
Today Swaroopa’s family has clean water year round. A brand new taanka (rainwater harvesting tank) and biosand filter captures water during the summer monsoon.
Babli has planted fruits and vegetables next to her taanka for nutrition. In addition, Babli is cultivating millet on her farmland for income. A new Khadin (farming dyke) has enabled Babli to double her millet production and income.
Now Swaroopa is going to school every day. She has received a bicycle, school supplies and tuition for one year. Swaroopa ‘s family is now drinking clean water and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Swaroopa is very happy to be in school and she plans to become a police officer after completing her education. Babli is very supportive of Swaroopa’s education and will happily funder her school expenses going forward.
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