MEET BABITA YADAV
MARRIED AT AGE 23
SINGLE MOTHER OF 1
Babita got married when she was 22 into a less than ideal family that treated her poorly from the start. Her husband was incredibly handsome from the outside, but on the inside, he was not so dashing, and was unfit to be a suitable husband. He was always hanging out with the wrong crowd and was always putting himself and his family in danger with his reckless behavior. Eventually Babita stopped communicating much with him and their relationship became non-existent, even though they continued to live in the same house. After 3 years of marriage, she had a baby boy. When her son was 23 days old, Babita decided to leave her husband because the environment was too dangerous for her newborn child and she brought her baby to Vrindavan. Not long after she left, she got news that her husband had been murdered. Around the same time, she became extremely ill and learned she had Tuberculosis. During her illness, she lamented her failed marriage and the unhappiness it had brought her. Eventually, Babita's parents got her treatment and she fully recovered and started to create a new life.
She began working odd menial jobs wherever she could find work to support herself and her son. Many women who are in need of income work as cooks, cleaning ladies or even dangerous construction site laborers for less than 150 rupees ($2.50 USD) per day, and unfortunately Babita was not spared from that plight for some time. Fortunately, she finally found work at the Food For Life Vrindavan sewing center (where MWP bags are made today) and has been working there ever since. Today, Babita's only wish is for her son to study hard and excel in his life. Her son is 18 years old now, a smart young man. She doesn’t want him to end up like her. She works hard so that her son can have a better life than the one she's had; "My life is over, I am 43 years old, what can I do now? But he can study, and become something, and have a better life."