It’s a whole new ball game: girls swap rice paddies for soccer fields in India, and escape the cycle of child marriage and poverty

//It’s a whole new ball game: girls swap rice paddies for soccer fields in India, and escape the cycle of child marriage and poverty

It’s a whole new ball game: girls swap rice paddies for soccer fields in India, and escape the cycle of child marriage and poverty

From working in rice fields in a remote village in Jharkhand, one of the poorest states in India, to undergoing two weeks of advanced soccer training at the Real Sociedad club in San Sebastian, Spain, 17-year-old Kusum Kumari has come a long way. Today she is a girls’ soccer coach. Rinky Kumari, 18, and Monika Kumari, 17, from the same village, Hutup (where all unmarried women share the same surname, which means “maiden”), have had similar exceptional journeys. Recently, Rinky took part in the…

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