Kumari

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First name: 
Rinky

Growing up as a girl in a village in northern India, Rinky’s future should have been predictable: she should have dropped out of school, married as a young teenager, moved into her husband’s home and become a wife and a mother. In her village, a daughter’s education is considered a waste of time, while a son’s education is an investment. All of the adult women in Rinky’s family are illiterate. Her father is a subsistence farmer whose alcoholism has kept their family stuck in poverty and whose abuse Rinky has endured from a young age. Rinky has overcome great odds to rewrite the script of her life, and it all started with football. Through sheer grit and determination, Rinky has fought to become one of the first female athletes in her community and one of its first female coaches.  She is a leader who has inspired hundreds of girls in her community, and millions throughout India from media coverage of the team she has led.

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Female
Country: 
India
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Project: 
Yuwa
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