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Sista Power

With empathetic policies and a familial environment, SEWA Rural is truly an ideal workplace for women

Photographs by Faisal Magray

Thirty years ago, Manju Vasava had haltingly read out names of medicines in English when she was being tested for a nursing-assistant’s training programme. It was her father, a farmer in Jhagadia, a tribal area about 20 km away from Bharuch in south Gujarat, who had heard about the course run by the Society for Education Welfare and Action Rural (SEWA Rural) centre and sent Manju for training. She cleared the exam, became a staff nurse at the centre after a year and a half of training, and today, the 59-year-old manages 71 nurses.