To stimulate a virtuous circle of mutual aid
Sheela was born in northern India. She came to Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, when she was a child. Her father moved there with his family to look for work. Growing up in a financially unstable home, Sheela had to start working when she was 12 years old. One day in her neighborhood she came across KGST* (Keshav Gore Smarak Trust), a local association, and signed up for one of its training programs. “Later, when I was looking for work, I contacted a woman from the association. She told me about their Family Development Program (FDP). It was located in the area, and she offered to introduce me to the director. I had no experience in social work, but he was impressed by my enthusiasm and offered me a job,” says Sheela. “After I joined the team as a social worker, the program coordinator advised me to sign up for training in social work and counseling. ” 14 years later, Sheela is still working at KGST, where she supervises two other social workers.