Another model for DEVI’s work is to partner with local community members themselves in building a movement to spread literacy. In Kurauni village, over 150 women have become literate through classes run by volunteers from within the village itself. This model is powerful in that it requires few outside resources, and is driven by the community members themselves. Village literacy centres have since broadened to include vocational training to enable women to earn an income.
“There’s no greater joy than being able to share my knowledge to serve others – whether they be of my own caste, or some other caste, it makes no difference. Even people who have never gone to school don’t have any difficulty learning.”
“The first day only 3 people came (to my classes), but gradually it increased to 15 people coming daily, as they discovered the joy of reading. They initially asked me ‘How much are you earning for this?’, but I explained that I’m not earning anything, I’m just doing it to serve society.”