Nanduben Shrimali is a garment worker and midwife from Enasan village, Ahmedabad district. Her husband was unable to earn and the burden of raising her four children fell on Nanduben's shoulder.
"I worked night and day to keep my children in school. Then one day Bachiben, a senior dai (midwife) in my village said,'Nandu, you are clever and you have struggled a lot in your young life. Would you like to accompany me on my midwifery rounds? I can teach you this work.' And so I learned slowly to be a midwife. Then I also learned about SEWA.
Today, I am a full-time 'barefoot doctor' and trained 'dai'. I have organised 50 dais to join SEWA and our dai cooperative' Lok Swasthya. Last year, I was elected to Lok Swasthya's executive committee. Now I have organised training for 50 new dais. Health knowledge and skills help more women during childbirth. Sometimes for days I don't sleep at night as someone or the other calls me to help with child-birth in my village.
I feel like I have been born again after I joined SEWA and Lok Swasthya Cooperative. I make a living as a dai from the cooperative. my dark days are over now."