Kali’s Story: Transforming self, family, community. India.




Kali was born in a tribal household in Alirajpur and contracted polio as a child. Born a girl, poor, and now disabled, she had three strikes against her before she was twelve. 

However, her life changed when she was introduced to Barli and attended the Barli Institute‘s  six-month training course.  

Now, she reads and writes, owns a tailoring shop, and earns enough money to not only support herself but also to pay for the education of all the children in her family.  Additionally, she has, at her own initiative, formed a ‘micro-financing self-help group’ to help 12 other women grow their own businesses. She has also purchased a red scooter and has fitted it so that she can get around more easily. 

While we were visiting her village, her father approached us and said, “Thank you for supporting the education of my daughter.  She is now a source of inspiration for all the girls in our village, and all the fathers and mothers want their daughters to be like Kali.”  Now, she reads and writes, owns a tailoring shop, and earns enough money to not only support herself but also to pay for the education of all the children in her family.  Additionally, she has, at her own initiative, formed a ‘micro-financing self-help group’ to help 12 other women grow their own businesses. She has also purchased a red scooter and has fitted it so that she can get around more easily.  While we were visiting her village, her father approached us and said, “Thank you for supporting the education of my daughter. She is now a source of inspiration for all the girls in our village, and all the fathers and mothers want their daughters to be like Kali.”  

As of October 2019, Kali has hired two other girls to help in her shop and saved enough funds to purchase a piece of land – the only femal land owner in her village.  In time, she is planning to save enough money to build a home for herself and her family to avoid paying rent for both her home and her shop.

Mona Foundation provided $350 to train Kali for six months.

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When you education a girl, you impact the lives of 100 more people. Women spend 92% of their income on their families.

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