"While growing up, I would often get beaten up for applying mehendi on my hands. My mother was very strict -- the girls in my family were forbidden from dressing up or going to school.
But I was so fascinated with Henna that I used to hide in my house and teach myself how to make different designs. I was married off really early, but in a way that was a boon because my husband encouraged me to start professionally applying mehendi and make my own money!
Slowly, I stopped taking any money from my husband at all.
I didn't get to go to school, but I still made something of myself and that pushes me to wake up every morning and pursue my dreams. Over time, I realized that the young girls in my neighborhood were going through exactly what I was in my childhood -- they felt worthless.
So I decided to make them feel good about themselves the way I had -- I began to teach a small group of girls how to apply mehendi for free. Today, I've taught over 100 girls...all of whom are making their own money and more importantly are happy because they have a purpose. Life has been unfair to us, yes -- but what's the point of complaining? We're taking life into our own hands and making it great!"
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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