Rural Journalists make a difference in remote villages in India

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Shanti Adivasi, 52, a community journalist since 2002 at Khabar Lahariya newspaper walks away from a small, remote village in Manikpur, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, India on 6th December 2012.  She has played a pivotal role in campaigning for water to be supplied to arid villages in the desert-like hills of Manikpur. Shanti used to be a wood gatherer, working with her parents since she was 3, and later carrying up to 100 kg of wood walking 12km from the dry jungle hills to her home to repack the wood which sold for 3 rupees per kg. After learning to read and write in an 8 month welfare course, at age 32, she became a reporter, joining Khabar Lahariya newspaper since its establishment in 2002, and making about 9000 rupees per month, supporting her family of 14 as the sole breadwinner. Photo by Suzanne Lee for Marie Claire France.