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The example set by a woman leader

July 5, 2011

Parvathamma is a SHG leader in her village. She used her influence and her position to support two women affected by HIV who were facing discrimination in her communities, and helped them lead a self-sufficient life. Watch this video of Parvatamma’s sharing…. A brief summary of her sharing…. There was a young couple in my […]

Keeping up the promise

April 18, 2011

This is the story of a man who as a volunteer had helped a HIV positive woman get admitted to the care centre when she was very sick. He was motivated to help her, even though he was not in any way related to her, nor had any prior acquaintance with her. He made a […]

An agent of change

February 24, 2011

Shruti is a young lady pursuing her college education. She lives with her family in her village. Shruti is studying to be a teacher. She says that in her capacity as a teacher, with a chance to influence young people, she will make sure she talks to them about non-discrimination, about acceptance, concern and care. […]

A village changes its mind

January 12, 2011

Lakshmamma works as a cook for the children’s bisioota (mid-day meal) scheme in her village. A few months ago, when the village community found out she was HIV positive, there were concerns about whether she should continue with her job. There was a strong opinion in the village that she should be asked to leave. Although […]

Supporting their friend in need, claiming their dues for themselves, and for others like them

December 23, 2010

Shivanna lives with his aging mother and two younger sisters. He has no father or any other family to support him. Recently, he and his family had a major shock, when his youngest sister was suddenly seized with an epileptic attack. At this moment, Shivanna turned to help from his only source of support, Aptamitra, […]

To the aid of children

June 17, 2010

Children have been one of the most  affected by the  HIV epidemic. Caring for their parents, often orphaned, sometimes sick themselves sick, at a very young age, they are forced to take up adult responsibilities, or grow up without appropriate care and supervision from the adults in their families. But for many of the children, […]

Together they did

June 10, 2010

A group of sex workers denouncing obscene tabloid journalism, and unearthing a pornography racket

Women to the Rescue

May 25, 2010

The collectives of women in sex work in different districts in North Karnataka are committed to ensuring that young people are not lured into sex work in any way. To this end, they have used many ingenious ways to rescue some of them or at least make their life better. In one instance, a group […]

Women in sex work take control of their life and make a difference for others

February 17, 2010

“ I was like a dry  tree existing with no joy and feeling no sense of purpose, alone and bereft, but over the last five years, I have sprouted fresh leaves and gone on to become a luxuriant tree with flowers and fruits to share with others” ….these were the words of a woman in […]

Welcome

February 8, 2010

Welcome to the inspirational journey. This is a space where we will share with you stories of the individuals and communities who have overcome odds and made a difference, to themselves, to their peers, and their society.