MoJo Author Feeds: Michael Rubenstein | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en India's Girl Effect <img src="" alt="" title="" width="424" height="635" class="imagecache imagecache-node-gallery-display"/><div class="caption"><p>Sabina Khatun, age nine, is a student at a Bandhan-run primary school. Her 11 older brothers killed her father by burning him alive. &quot;I want to become a policewoman and take revenge,&quot; she says.</p></div><p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/photoessays/2010/05/india-girl-effect"><strong><em>See all photos from this photo essay &raquo;</em></strong></a></p><div class="photoessay-body"><p><strong><em>[Read Julia Whitty's related article, </em></strong><a href=""><strong><em>The Last Taboo</em></strong></a><strong><em>.]</em></strong></p> <p>In India, where the lifelines between water, fuel, and 1.1 billion people are stretched thin, a small loan to one person can have a big impact&mdash;especially if that person is a girl. A microloan allowed Rehanna Bibi to radically alter the lives of her family and community. Provided $780 and some courses in basic hygiene, Supta Halder has transformed the health and habits of her village, her extended relatives&mdash;even her cows. Meet some of the people who benefit from the &quot;girl effect&quot; in India.</p> </div> Photoessays Photo Essays International Reproductive Rights Sex and Gender Top Stories Thu, 13 May 2010 10:00:00 +0000 Michael Rubenstein 58436 at