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Meet India's First Female Porter | 101 Heartland

After the demise of her husband, Manju Devi took over his load just not figuratively but literally as well. She wore badge number 45, which once belonged to her husband, and walked into Jaipur railway station to work as a coolie. It was a big surprise to the 178 male coolies but soon they recognized her zeal and accepted her as their own.
A proud mother of 3 children and the current president of the coolie union says there is nothing that a woman cannot do.

101 Heartland celebrates both unique communities and individual tales of hope, struggle, and reform. From the village of bouncers just outside Delhi to the fascinating story of Ram Kumar Tyagi, once a wanted man but now a coach for aspiring female wrestlers, 101 Heartland tells stories for the heart, from the heartland.

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