Stories of Impact

Nirmala’s True Story Begins Now

Nirmala was the only daughter born to a very poor family of farmers in rural Nepal. There was not a single day when there was enough food for all of them. Some days, there was none and she would go to bed hungry.

Jyoti’s Motto: Work and Live for Others, Not Just Ourselves

Born in a semi-urban farming area 350 miles east of Kathmandu, Jyoti Raj works as an inspector for Nepal GoodWeave Foundation. He lives with his extended family, all of whom depend on him. Each workday, he inspects rug production sites, talking to owners and workers and raising awareness about the rights of children. He also checks in on how the rescued children are doing at GoodWeave’s community-based rehabilitation programs.

Sudhir: Choosing His Own Path

GoodWeave-supported Motivation and Learning Camps (MLCs) were established to help bring the benefit of schooling in rural villages in India where children are especially vulnerable to exploitation. The MLCs are crucial in bridging the education gap between at-risk children and the rest of their school-going peers, which can become a key factor in allowing these children the ability to choose their own path—as exemplified by a young boy named Sudhir.

Women Workers Exercise Their Right to an Education

It seems the desire to get a basic education, no matter what age, is infectious.

A Rare Glimpse Inside the Remarkable “Homeschools” in Afghanistan

In the Afghan villages where GoodWeave works, it’s rare for community members to open their homes even to the closest of neighbors because of the security risk. After careful conversation, we identified residents willing to host classes in their home for local children who had no nearby school options. While pictures are almost never permitted, catch a glimpse of these remarkable “homeschools” and hear how we made it happen.

Samrul: From Hostility to Genuine Gratitude

When GoodWeave’s inspectors found Samrul working at a dingy carpet loom in Uttar Pradesh, India, they were greeted with confusion—and even hostility—from the 15-year-old they were trying to help. It was a perfect illustration of just how complex the issue of child labor can be when it’s driven by sheer economic desperation.

Nasima’s Transformation From a Painfully Reticent to a Proudly Participating Student

Nasima was only three years old when she was enrolled by her father in the GoodWeave-administered Shahrak e Qalin Bafan (SQB) daycare, in Afghanistan’s Balkh province, in April 2014. Back then, she was so shy that she had difficulty speaking in front of anyone—even her own mother.

Naqibullah Wants to Become a Policeman

Naqibaullah is a five-year-old boy living in Balkh Bastan village near Mazar-e-Sharif city. With five sons and a daughter, Naqibaullah’s parents struggle to provide for the needs of their large family. Before GoodWeave established an early childhood education program here, the village children had no access to educational activities of any kind.

Tila: From a Loom To a Classroom—As a Teacher

Tila was raised in the village of Gloche, in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district. Like so many children who end up working in Nepalese carpet factories, her family history is marked by tragedy. In Tila’s case, it took the form of an alcoholic and abusive father who would regularly beat her, her mother, and her three siblings.

Binod Didn’t Run

Watching Binod as he laughs and kicks a soccer ball around with his friends in the dusty yard at Hamro Ghar, GoodWeave’s Khathmandu refuge for rescued child workers, it’s easy enough to convince yourself that you’re looking at a normal Nepalese kid at play. But while he may be busy trying to live a normal childhood, there’s nothing normal about his past.