How a Ragpicker Became a Successful Nurse Because She Never Gave up on Her Education


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From being a ragpicker, to building a successful career as a nurse, Banu Sheikh Safi has crossed many hurdles in her journey. A resident of Ravidas Nagar in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, Banu lost her father when she was only three years old. With her mother and younger sister Kshama, who was just a year and a half old at the time, she had to start ragpicking.

In spite of working for long hours — sorting waste and selling to scrap dealers, the two sisters never let their education take back seat.

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With the help of their savings, they studied till class 12 and then joined the Government Medical College, Yavatmal, for the Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM) course. Banu finished the course and is now working at a public health care centre. Her sister chose to drop out of the course to take care of their mother.

Now in her 30s, Banu is all set to get married as well. Her determination and strength impressed Shabbir Khan, a resident of Rui village in the district and they will get married on October 2.

Story source: PTI

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