Sunita Sharma has faced many challenges in her 37 years. She was born into a very poor family. Her father died when she was young and she helped her mother take care of the family, including 4 sisters and 1 brother, she was the 2nd oldest. She was able to stay in school until the 9th grade, but then she had to drop out.
When Sunita was 28 when she married a young man from northwest Mumbai and hoped to set up her own home. It didn’t take long, however, for her to realize that her new husband was idle and disreputable. He had no job and expected her to support him. Feeling that he had misled her and her family and that her marriage was based on false pretenses, she tried to explore her options. She consulted a family counseling organization, but the problem was unresolved. In her community, it was almost unheard of for a wife to be the one to initiate divorce proceedings. However, Sunita persisted and successfully filed for divorce.
After the end of her short marriage, Sunita was glad to return to her mother’s house. She knew about MarketPlace because her mother had done embroidery to support her family. Needing to earn her own money, Sunita joined Nirmaan Collective as a tailor. She has been there now for 20 years, very happy to work and contribute to her family’s well-being. These days her mother’s health is not good and Sunita feels blessed to be able to look after her medical and other financial needs.