"I was married while I was still in school but my in-laws agreed to let me complete my secondary education before I joined my husband in Mumbai. Coming to Mumbai was a terrible shock. The house was so small, the streets were so narrow, and the bathroom was shared with many families. I longed to go back to my parents' home.
Neither my husband nor father-in-law had regular incomes. One day going to the temple I glimpsed some women working in a nearby building. I asked if I could get a job. My husband was not happy but I convinced him that his income was not enough for the family, especially with our daughter starting school soon.
With my earnings I contribute some money to my mother-in-law for the house. I have also started an account in my daughter's and my name and each month I put aside money for her. I want my daughter to be able to continue her studies as I could not. I want her to go to college!" --Priyanka Jaiswal, Embroidery Artisan at Nirmaan Collective