Sakthi, all of 6 years, started her day sorting and packing raw fish in ice, hurting her hands in the process and killing her dream of bending the ball. 6 hours of work, to add Rs 15 a day to her family’s income. She took on the sport as something for fun as a part of the children’s collective.
At 21, Sakthi is a different woman, having enrolled in college and representing the state in the women’s football team. She is a role model for all girls in her locality. It was a dream come true for Sakthi when she represented India in the Homeless Cup held at France in 2011. She is also the first girl who has undergone special training for referee (2013).