‘There was a time when I was scared to even speak in front of strangers. But after my association with Charkha and their patient teaching, I can confidently discuss the problems of my village with government officials,’ says a soft-spoken Musarrat, the only woman from the state selected for Charkha’s Rural Fellowship 2014. She heard about Charkha’s initiative through her cousin who had attended a Writing Workshop. A college student herself, she has helped locals in filling forms and arranged for medical camps to be conducted in her village. Her mother’s support helped her to cope with the naysayers who initially doubted her, but now acknowledge her role in bringing improvements in basic services to the village.