Daughter of scrap pickers struggles to pay MBA fees

22-year-old Savita Doke is hunting for a job that will help her pay the Rs 25,000-fee to complete her final year of MBA; she will be the first in her family to get a master’s degree

The youngest daughter of scrap pickers and MBA student, Savita Doke (22), has worked hard to pursue her higher education. On the home stretch, however, she is struggling to get a job that will help her pay the last instalment of her college fees, a considerable sum of Rs 25,000.

Savita’s mother, Leela Doke, has supported her to pursue higher education and is proud of her accomplishments. Pic/Amit Jadhav
Savita’s mother, Leela Doke, has supported her to pursue higher education and is proud of her accomplishments. Pic/Amit Jadhav

Savita has been brought up in Khar, with her five siblings; two elder sisters and three brothers. She completed her SSC in 2006, in Marathi medium, from Bandra’s Khairnagar Municipal Corporation School, scoring 62 per cent. Sensing her dedication and enthusiasm, her parents allowed her to continue her studies, but only if she could manage it on her own.

She took admission in Aniyog Junior College at Khar, and scored 70 per cent in her HSC exams. After which she took a break for a year to acquire funds and pursue further studies. She worked in a pizza outlet, earning Rs 4,500 per month. After saving up money, she completed her degree in Computer Application from LN Degree College, passing with 57 per cent.

Her savings may have dwindled, but Savita’s thirst for education pushed her to go after an MBA degree as well. Savita’s father goes door-to-door buying old pieces of cloth and her mother is a scrap picker in Kandivli. Between them, they barely earn Rs 120 per day. Her eldest sister works as a maid in a hospital. The second sister is a widow with two kids. Savita lives with her in Kandivli (East) and looks after her kids as well.

While both elder sisters could not complete their education, Savita’s younger brother recently graduated, one is in HSC and the youngest is in class IX. Savita says that her family encouraged her to study hard and pursue further education. She said, “While most people go for arts, science or commerce, I decided to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Computer Application.

After this, I felt I should get a master’s degree that will help me get a better job. I researched and decided to pursue my MBA in marketing. I got a scholarship under SC quota, and I have to pay only half of the Rs 50,000 fees. I somehow managed to pay Rs 25,000 for the first year, but I still have to pay for my second year.”

Savita feels helpless, as she has two months to pay the remaining fees, otherwise she won’t be able to sit for her university exams. “My institute has been very encouraging. They allow students to pursue internships and I have given interviews in 3-4 companies. However, I haven’t received any feedback as yet. I am proud of my parents and their profession and don’t think that disclosing my family’s background will be an obstacle in getting a job.”

Leela Doke, Savita’s mother, considers her an inspiration for her family. Speaking to MiD DAY, she said, “With no education, my husband and I have been working as scrap pickers for the past 25 years. We are happy that our youngest daughter has worked so hard for her education. Taking her example, my sons have also decided to continue their higher education. I hope she is able to change her life and future.”

If you want to help Savita Doke, please contact kranti.vibhute@mid-day.com



  • Shrey04-Feb-2014

    Its good to see lots of hand to support and encourage this girl. Thanks for Mid Day to publish this story.

  • JAY03-Feb-2014

    Contact info for this kid plz Would like to pay the Institution directly Cheers

  • ram03-Feb-2014

    If you want to help Savita Doke please contact kranti.vibhute@mid-day.com

  • islamuddin ansari03-Feb-2014

    i want to help the needy girl for MBA pls. give her contact details.

  • roque dcosta03-Feb-2014

    I will be ready to pay this amount but please tell me how. Send me an email with the details or contact numbers to arrange this

  • Vijay03-Feb-2014

    Can you send me the contact details so that I can help them a bit.

  • Kamal03-Feb-2014

    Please share the contact details of her school account so that we can help.

  • Subir Karmakar03-Feb-2014

    Kindly share contact details so that I can also help

  • pradeepan KT03-Feb-2014

    Please send more Details so I can help her.

  • vinita03-Feb-2014

    Can you please always give more details when you publish story like this. So that we know how we can help them somehow financially. Any trust or if mid-day has opened an account for her education etc.

  • Rajesh03-Feb-2014

    If i can get the Details then will try and contribute something which will be of help to her

  • Preeti03-Feb-2014

    How can I help her ? I want to pay for her fee. Please send me a email.

  • Preeti03-Feb-2014

    Please send me her contact. I would like to help her.

  • Suresh03-Feb-2014

    Mid-day - Please send details as to how can one help this girl. otherwise, there is no use of such article which has no meaningful and logical end to it.

  • Dipal03-Feb-2014

    Please send me contact information so I can help.

  • Namrata 03-Feb-2014

    I wish to help the girl by paying her fees ..... please help me with her contact details ......

  • Zia03-Feb-2014

    Please let me know how I can pay her fees.

  • ganesh03-Feb-2014

    Please send the details of savita's bank account so that i can help her a bit from my end

  • Sujata03-Feb-2014

    Hello .. Good to know the aspiration of Girl.. but how to contact her if someone wants to give her job....... give her details

  • Vaibhav03-Feb-2014

    Can you send me any ngo's information that is supporting them. If not can I have their contact details so I can help.

  • Tejas03-Feb-2014

    Hi, Can we have her contact information? We would like to help them a bit.

  • Jitesh Sampat03-Feb-2014

    Can you please give me the bank account details? I would like to help her out with the fees.

  • Vitesh03-Feb-2014

    I m ready to help her so pls give me details so that I can transfer the funds. M ready to help her with full 25 thousand of her pending fees.

  • Ravindra Naik03-Feb-2014

    Contact information please...

  • Simple India03-Feb-2014

    Hello Mid-day, Your effort to help such deserving people over the years is greatly appreciated. Please share your / that family's contact details. Thanks!

  • Vishal Thakur03-Feb-2014

    Please email me the bank account details, i will pay for the fees.

  • Riyaz03-Feb-2014

    We can help her too.

  • Sagar Singh04-Feb-2014

    Just so proud of Mumbaikars that have risen to the occasion & are ready to pay her fees in full, with this will nothing is impossible in the beautiful city of Mumbai. We think that no one is there but just look at the response.

  • Mangesh04-Feb-2014

    I want to help her. Pls send me her family contact details

  • mark04-Feb-2014

    always there is hope even i can help

  • Harbans Dilbarh (U.K)03-Feb-2014

    I would like to pay all her education fees please send the details of her University or her family contact. Or through mid day account.

  • Jasbir03-Feb-2014

    Great work kranti....I am very happy as you always give outstanding stories. Verry happy.

  • Shaan03-Feb-2014

    Great work Mid-Day! Kindly, furnish her details so that we can help her. May god bless her.

  • johny03-Feb-2014

    i would like to help, please send me contact information.

  • Asad03-Feb-2014

    Wow..... Proud to be an Indian. So many donors.

  • Asit Ahuja (Dubai, UAE)03-Feb-2014

    I would like help Savita. Please send me her contact details. Asit Ahuja. (Dubai, UAE)

  • Nav03-Feb-2014

    Who says humanity is long dead.... So many lovely people offering to help the needy... makes me feel proud that we still do care for each other... I just hope and pray that this lovely girl doesnt get carried away with the response she has got and stop being as hard working as she is right now... Ta... Nav

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