Chandrarekha Paswan, belonging to India's Dalit caste and considered an untouchable by rest of the society, transformed from a shy woman struggling to support her family to a confident and capable Community Animal Health Worker, earning the love and respect of her village and community.
Sulekha Devi, a tribal woman from the Musahar community in northern Bihar, India, was once illiterate. But now, thanks to Heifer trainings and inputs, she earns money by caring for and treating animals in her community.
"I have never felt more humbled in my life. These women did not have much, but you couldn’t have seen happier and more content faces." Heifer India employee Rachna Paliwal shares her experiences of visiting a women's self-help group in India.
In India, Heifer has taught its 12 Cornerstones values to several women’s groups. The groups were so inspired by the power of these principles that they are helping to train other groups in their villages. The training has now reached hundreds of women.