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"When She Leads" is our interview series celebrating the leadership, innovation, determination and resilience of the young women of Shadhika.

When She Leads Interviews: 2021

March 10, 2021

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In its second year, “When She Leads” is our annual interview series that celebrates and affirms the leadership, innovation, determination and resilience of the young women of Shadhika, as well as the women leaders at Shadhika’s partner sites across the Indian diaspora. These first-person accounts offer personal insight into the daily experiences of the lives of our program participants and partner field staff. In 2021, we will be offering a new collection of interviews each quarter. 

Check out the amazing interviews from our first When She Leads series in 2020.

When She Leads: Shadhika Alum

March–April 2021

Our first collection of interviews this year is with a few young women from out Alum Network. Our alum have matriculated through our Supports for Success program, our Shadhika Scholars program, have graduated from college with a degree in a field of their choice, and are now pursuing careers in the formal Indian economy. They exemplify Shadhika’s theory of change and have deep wisdom to share about their experiences persevering to become leaders for change in their own right. 


Savita is a Shadhika Alum from Mumbai who was a student and program participant with our partner site Vacha. During her time as a Shadhika Scholar, she studied coursework in fashion design. Today, we caught up with her as she is working in her first job, starting her own handbag (and soon to be clothing) line, and continuing to invest in her community as a mentor. Read her interview.

Razia & Amkamsoom

 Razia and Amkamsoom are sisters and Shadhika Alum who were program participants with our previous partner site STOP in Delhi. They share about life after graduation, finding jobs in communications and nursing, what it’s like to have and be mentors and so much more! Read their interview.

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