Her parents, earning minimum daily wages found it very difficult to support her education. She joined AIM for Seva FSH in Sembangudi, TN, when she was in Grade 11. Even then it was clear she had a penchant for the visual medium. She participated in and received many prizes in her school and college. After her Grade 12, she joined, Dayananda College of Arts and Science for a bachelor’s degree in Infor-mation Technology. She completed her course in 2013. She is the first graduate in her family; in fact she isthe first person to be lettered in her entire village. Sampathkumari now works as a Graphic Designe. She supports her family and her younger brother’s education as well.
She says with gushing emotion, “Thanks to AIM for Seva that I am able to follow my dreams. They provided me food, clothes, shelter, and educa-tion. It is a home I will never forget.”