"I am willing to learn if you are willing to teach me" - Karthyayami Amma
Karthyayami Amma (born c. 1922) is an Indian woman from Cheppad, Kerala. As a child, she always dreamed of attending school but never had the opportunity due to financial distress and family duties. As a young adult, she became a widow, and deemed of little value by society she resigned to a life as a temple sweeper to feed her six children.
Years later, at age 96, Amma's fortunes would take a turn for the better, as a literary mission gave her an opportunity to attend school for the very first time, beginning in the first grade. Amma not only went on to become top grade earner out of 40,000 students, but was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar for her incredible achievement by the former President of India, the highest honor given to a female civilian.
Amma's story is a heartfelt reminder of the power of belief, persistence, and never giving up on your dreams.