Every afternoon, the grandmothers of Phangane village wrap pink saris around themselves and slip abacuses and chalkboard into their backpacks.
They are going to school.
They live in Maharashtra state in India, a country where women are nearly a third less likely than men to be able to read and write.
Some of them have trouble with seeing the letters, and others feel chest pain when they talk. But every day except Thursday, these women gather to learn from a teacher less than half their age.
International Women’s Day 2017 is the one-year anniversary of the school, and photographer Satyaki Ghosh has been documenting the women’s journey to literacy.
Ansuya Deshmukh is 90 years old. The daughter of labourers, she was married off at the age of 10. “There was no money to buy slate and books, no money to buy clothes,” she says. “I used to go sometimes, mostly alternate days, but I used …
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