Sarada is a single mother of three young girls. Sarada never went to school as a child because her parents didn’t see the value in educating daughters.
When Sarada’s young husband died, she was left with two young daughters and very little money. She had spent everything they had saved to find a cure for her dying husband. She had never been to school, and never worked a skilled job. But she was determined.
Sarada wanted her daughters to have the best chance at life. She worked two jobs, day and night, to earn enough money to send them to school. She raised livestock to supplement their income and, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, saved enough to build her family a safe, secure and clean home.
Her hard work was worth it; “I have no more worries about the house,” she says “They will be safe in the house that I built...my daughters will be independent and stand on their own feet. I want to prove that daughters are equal to sons.”
When Sarada looks at her home, she sees more than bricks and mortar, but a chance for a full life for her daughters; “My happiness is to provide them with proper education and raise them well. I want to fulfil the wish of my husband and make him proud.”
Sarada’s success has come through hard work, sacrifice and a helping hand from Habitat for Humanity. But there are many families across the Asia Pacific who do not have access to the tools and support they need to provide for their children’s future.