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After driving for hours in the desert, Meg met with another Indian woman and her family of six. The woman works 10 to 12 hours a day in the nearby salt fields. Her family makes $1.50 a day. Her children go to school in a small, underground mud pit—the only way to keep them cool from the desert sun. Despite these meager conditions, Meg is told that many students walk an hour each way for a chance to learn.
Thirty miles away from the salt fields, Meg visits an experimental school, funded by CARE, that was created to empower daughters of salt workers to seek a better life. "We are studying to become someone just like the boys," says one of the students. "We hope that other girls will study like we do, and we want to be an inspiration to them."