It took me ten years to join SIDART as a village volunteer. Before SIDART, I was a shy woman who didn’t even understand Hindi. I didn’t dress according to the societal standards as I could not afford a saree. Going out of the house by myself was out of the question and my daily routine was limited inside the four walls of the house. I was married at the age of 7, had children before being an adult and all the decisions regarding family matters were taken solely by my husband. I could only see myself as a woman from the backward class. Before SIDART, I got my two daughters married at the ages of 15 and 16 but after gaining awareness by attending SIDART trainings, I got my third daughter married at the age of 21. The other most important realization for me was to stand up for women who were facing violence at the hands of their husband or in laws. There are cases when I have threatened the perpetrators of domestic violence to stop their actions or else they would be taken to the court. Without the existence of SIDART, I cannot imagine myself as a woman with so much strength. I am no longer dependent on my family. I can go out whenever I want. I have learnt Hindi. Not only this, but I feel the best when I think of the fact that I am an earning member of the family, who is also an aware and responsible member of the society. I no longer wear the veil up to my face and I have finally earned my own saree.