Narsamma's Story of Struggle

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 General Narsamma, in yellow.
Here is our first episode in Inter Pares’ Stories of Struggle campaign.
Through your gifts, Inter Pares supports the Deccan Development Society (DDS), a grassroots organization working with Dalit women in Telangana State, India. 
They have introduced us to inspiring women who are bringing change to their communities, through knowledge sharing, food sovereignty initiatives, and community-led media programs like Sangham Radio. 

One of these women is Narsamma. This is her story of struggle: 


"My name is Narsamma, but everyone calls me General Narsamma because I am proactive and determined. I wasn’t able to go to school until I was 12 when I got accepted into DDS’ Pacha Saale (The Green School). 

I got involved in recording and hosting radio shows and participated in local festivals in the countryside. My teachers were impressed with my radio skills, and with the interviews I did in the villages. 

I was young and illiterate when I was introduced to radio, and this technology gave me a livelihood, an identity, and recognition across the country and abroad. 

These days, people have many ways to become informed, such as television and the internet. But none of those provide the kind of content we produce at Sangham Radio. 

In this context, community radio like ours revives forgotten and lost traditional practices, Indigenous knowledge systems and cultures. I feel responsible for keeping them alive."

Thank you for helping us reach our goal. 1,697 donors made a gift during our Stories of Struggle campaign, which contributed $336,016 to Inter Pares work. 


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