She became a mother of two children by the age of 19, however, she lost one of her children at a very young age. Her first born daughter died at the age of 1. Life dealt Rukmini another blow when she was widowed at age 20 with her infant son to care for. It can be considered fortunate that because her remaining child was a male, she was able to inherit just enough land to have a house for her and her young son. She vowed that no children of hers would ever have to be subjected to the “mercy” of the patriarchal society. She worked tirelessly to give her son an opportunity to learn. Because of her sacrifice, her son (Girvana Nath) was able to become a respected teacher.
As the class size grew, he and a few local leaders decided a local school that was accessible to villagers was needed. With support from the local government, a local school was opened. The school eventually became academically competitive with the boarding school. On top of making the school affordable, the school also started accepting women, which was considered radical at the time.
The effect of Rukmini on this small community has been immense, and we want to harness her spirit to make an even greater impact.