This profile was published as part of Gandhi’s Be Magazine’s #ProfilesofChangemakers series, uplifting the stories, lives, and work of Changemakers who are being the change they wish to see in the world.
Anuradha Bhosale is an internationally-acclaimed social activist who has been called the “Female Gandhi of India.” She has rescued over 341 child laborers and provided education and healthcare for over 5,700 of the more than 35,000 child laborers in the brickyard district of Kolhapur. Growing up, Anuradha worked long hours as a child laborer until one day a man gave her a job for two hours a day and sent her to school for the remaining eight hours. He gave her an opportunity, Anuradha says. And that is exactly what she wants to give to the thousands of child laborers in the district of Kohlapur, India. In over a decade of serving as a local social worker, Anuradha has rescued over 341 child laborers and provided education and healthcare assistance to more than 5,700 of the more than 35,000 child laborers in the district of Kohlapur. Until Anuradha’s rescue efforts, migrant children were forced to carry 1,000 bricks per day on their head for $0.38. Today Anuradha’s work with the local government has brought seven brickyard owners to arrest for exploiting child laborers. And three of those brickyard owners are now contributing funds to Anuradha’s latest project, AVANI school.