A JOURNEY OF PERSEVERANCE

A JOURNEY OF PERSEVERANCE

My name is Ranjeeta Rajbhar and I am from Mumbai. My grandfather, with my father who was a child, came to Mumbai roughly 50 years ago from Banaras and my immediate family has been here since then. I was born and brought up in Bainganwadi in Mumbai. My father dropped out of school after his 3rd grade while mother did no go to school. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers and we have always been close.

My father was initially a mechanic and then a taxi driver. He had to give it up as his eyesight got worse. My mother made sure that all of us get educated and would run a food stall to pay for our fees. I have always looked up to her and her patience. Her quiet perseverance through all difficulties is something that I find amazing. My 2nd eldest sister, Manju, used to work as a teacher, while taking care of her studies. Through her income she made sure I got to go to school and then college. Manju has completed her B Ed (Bachelors in Education) and D Ed (Diploma in Education) and is now pursuing her Masters in Arts while simultaneously having worked for the past 10 years. My eldest sister is married and is pursuing her Masters in Social Work (MSW). I completed my BMS (Bachelors in Management Studies) and started working in 2014.

My first job was that of a research investigator at TISS. It involved interviewing sanitation workers and documenting the challenges they face in their everyday work. A year and a half later, I joined Action Against Hunger in late 2016. I have made my way from being an intern to an accounts officer. I feel proud of the fact that I got my 3rd eldest sister married through my income, put my younger brother through school and paid for his hobby classes apart from contributing to the household income. My 2 younger brothers are currently pursuing ITI and pharmacy.

In the future I plan to complete my masters, be an expert accountant as a professional and ensure that my family always remains financially self-dependent. If I am able to save sufficiently, I would like to go to the UK for a vacation someday!