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"I did not know anything; whether one needed to start work first and then register the sanstha, or register first and then begin the work. I was completely naïve," Mamta reminisces about the early days.
Located in North Central Bihar, Khagaria is one of the most deprived districts in the state of Bihar. Ganga, Kosi and Bagmati are the main rivers flowing through the district, making the land extremely fertile but also prone to floods. A thick forest cover in the area acts as a hideout for the Maoists.
Maati started as a small group of women who came together in the mid 1990s to protest against rampant alcoholism. In 1994, within one month there were two cases in which husbands in their drunkenness had burnt their wives to death, but there was a conspiracy of silence around these shocking incidents with nobody willing to speak up.
Chittorgarh district lies in the south eastern part of Rajasthan and has a population of over 18 lakhs. 85% of the people live in rural areas, agriculture and mining being the main sources of livelihood.