Nagma's Story

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

I am Nagma. I am 19-years-old.

This is Darukhana, an area of Mazgaon in the shinning city of Mumbai. It is popularly known for its Ship breaking and Ironworks industries and is packed with dingy tin warehouses, narrow lanes, and factories. I was born and raised here!

As a child, I was never allowed to step outside my house. The streets were not considered to be “safe” for girls in our neighbourhood. But how much safer is one’s own house I wondered?

I didn’t want to get married like other girls in my community. I wanted to lead a life of purpose.

When I turned 16, my parents refused to support my studies further. Just when I thought I had to give up my dreams, Magic Bus came along, and with it, the opportunity to be a Peer Leader within my community.

I grew up learning that the playground was a man’s domain. After joining Magic Bus, I realised that it could be mine as well. I play for the Magic Bus’ football team. It gave me a new lease of life.

After becoming a Magic Bus Peer Leader, I joined my local Senior College to study for a Bachelors degree in Science. I don’t lead a simple life; there are difficulties, but there is a purpose.

I come from a very humble background. But my friends never make me feel small in any way. They are my support system.

My parents had only ever dreamt of travelling in an airplane; I felt so proud when I flew in one and observed the world below me.

This is my family. I often feel that we lost out on a lot of time as a family due to the need to keep the kitchen fire burning. It is my desire to bring back that time.

There are thousands more girls like Nagma who need your help

You can #TransformALife today and help a girl just like Nagma break the cycle of poverty for good.

I am Nagma. I am 19-years-old.

This is Darukhana, an area of Mazgaon in the shinning city of Mumbai. It is popularly known for its Ship breaking and Ironworks industries and is packed with dingy tin warehouses, narrow lanes, and factories. I was born and raised here!

As a child, I was never allowed to step outside my house. The streets were not considered to be “safe” for girls in our neighbourhood. But how much safer is one’s own house I wondered?

I didn’t want to get married like other girls in my community. I wanted to lead a life of purpose.

When I turned 16, my parents refused to support my studies further. Just when I thought I had to give up my dreams, Magic Bus came along, and with it, the opportunity to be a Peer Leader within my community.

I grew up learning that the playground was a man’s domain. After joining Magic Bus, I realised that it could be mine as well. I play for the Magic Bus’ football team. It gave me a new lease of life.

After becoming a Magic Bus Peer Leader, I joined my local Senior College to study for a Bachelors degree in Science. I don’t lead a simple life; there are difficulties, but there is a purpose.

I come from a very humble background. But my friends never make me feel small in any way. They are my support system.

My parents had only ever dreamt of travelling in an airplane; I felt so proud when I flew in one and observed the world below me.

This is my family. I often feel that we lost out on a lot of time as a family due to the need to keep the kitchen fire burning. It is my desire to bring back that time.

There are thousands more girls like Nagma who need your help

You can #TransformALife today and help a girl just like Nagma break the cycle of poverty for good.

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