I was born into a large family, living on the outskirts of the city of Kolkata. My parents had seven children to support, and so they asked the Pauline Bhawan residential care home to look after me. I spent my childhood and teenage years living in this care home, but could still go home and visit my family a lot. During this time, I was also given the opportunity to study at an English medium school, which offered the highest-ranked curriculum in India.

When I turned 18, it was time for me to move from the home where I had lived for 11 years and return to live with my family. I really wanted to continue my education and study at University, but this would never have been possible for my family to manage financially. And with our family home being so far away from the city, the daily commute would have been impossible.

One day I want to be in a position to help other children like me.

This was when Pursuit offered me a place at RAMP, so that I could study at a brilliant Kolkata university. I am now awaiting the results of my final year exams, which will give me a degree in Sociology, and I have begun working in a coffee shop. Pursuit also helped me to secure a safe home of my own, which I share with another girl in the RAMP project.

I am full of ambition and drive, and determined to reach my goal of one day being a business woman. One day I want to be in a position to help other children like me. RAMP has increased my independence and confidence. My hope is to one day buy my own house and become successful.