Shabnam Aara is a small loans manager in Cashpor a micro-finance organization in Benares, Uttar Pradesh. When Shabnam was young, she dropped out of school when her father lost his job, but she managed to go back to school and complete her education by working part-time. Shabnam learned how to make carpets at home, and managed to enroll herself back in school.
The "Girl Stars" project includes this series of films documenting the stories of girls from the most disadvantaged communities across five northern states of India who, through attaining education, have managed to break the shackles of socio-economic constraints and make successful, self-sufficient lives for themselves. These young women have become role models in their communities and beyond, inspiring girls to go to school and continue their education.