This proud girl is the ten years old Mohali Shivaji Pise, with her new bike, which she received five days before from donators of the “Research fellows of School of Life Sciences”. With the new bike Mohali can save a lot of time on her daily six kilometre trip to school and back. Without the support of the donators, the family could not have afforded a bike and so Mohali is even prouder to own the first bike in the family. Despite of the really bad economical situation the family managed to repay a loan for a life saving heart operation of Mohalis older sister Swapnali a few month ago.
The bike does not only help Mohali to go to school quicker but also to obtain more confidence, because she feels that other people are interested in her education. Mohali visit the rural school in Mhaswad in the fifth standard and is a really good student. In the last year she got 97% out of 100%. When she will have finished the twelfth standard she wants to go to university to become a teacher. She is curious how the other kids at school will react if they see her new bike. Especially the girls in rural India are often worse supported with material things then boys. So her whole family is glad, that there is a Bank like Mann Deshi, because in rural areas of India few people care about the poor families and their problems. The most indigenous people need loans for their houses, the education of their children, health, marriage, computers or books. But despite all the deficits Mohali is really happy that she could get an own bike thanks to the help of the donators and so she wants so say “Thank you” to all people who show interest on the needs of rural girls like her.
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