It takes a village to raise a writer

It had always been Erica Roberts’ dream to work in India, but the third-year Northeastern student never had the opportunity. That is, until last spring, when international co-op took her to a classroom in Chandelao, a village about 45 minutes outside of Jodhpur.

Roberts worked with Chandelao Vikas Sansthan, a small organization that promotes women’s entrepreneurship. She connected with the organization through the Foundation for Sustainable Development, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on capacity building in the international community.

Roberts took responsibility for developing a program to teach local women how to read and write Hindi. Though she didn’t speak …read more