Madhuri is the oldest sister within her eight member’s family. She applied to the program after Gram Vikas Trust informed the school she is attending that the Trust would have provided bicycles to girls who found it hard to go to school. She says, “her life has improved for the better: being able to get to school faster avoids any time wasting and gives her the chance to concentrate even more on her studies.” Her grades have improved considerably since she entered the program and, although she is just in the 7th grade, she has already started to think about her future, considering the option of enrolling into university and pursuing an engineering degree. Her family is very satisfied too. Without Gram Vikas Trust’s donation they would not have been able to provide such means to Madhuri. She used to spend One hours walking from home to school and then back again. Her father, who is a farmer and occasionally works in industry on daily wages, thinks that the program has had a positive effect on his daughter and that in general it is a good program. Her mother, a housewife, while worried for the safety of Madhuri and requiring her to cycle safely, views positively the fact that her daughter spends less time in going to school and can finally use this time to focus on the studies. The younger sisters of Madhuri, although she is too young for a bicycle now, are considering the idea of applying to Gram Vikas Trust’s program in the future.
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