Kusumlata from Choti Bhil Basti, Jodhpur, is among the handful of educated young women in her community. She has grown up seeing women and girls receiving minimal encouragement to study and are primarily socialized to focus on household chores. Despite the reality of her community’s approach, Kusumlata finished her post-graduation degree with support from her parents.
Since her childhood, Kusumlata was always inclined towards social work and community service. She and her husband, also a social worker, were always ready to help anyone who needed support. This journey widened her perspective and allowed her to see the struggles and challenges faced by the people of the community. She knew that with the right approach and guidance, the community could solve their problems. So, when the opportunity came, Kusumlata was among the first people to become a part of the MISAAL Settlement Committee (MSC).