I grew up in India, known as the third poorest country in the world and statistically with the most poverty-stricken regions on the planet. While nearly 1/3 of all Indians (the size of America’s population) are deemed below the poverty line (making less than $1.25 USD daily), I was given access to all the “luxuries” that we deem to be a basic standard living in the US (access largely defined as adequate capital for the family to procure good housing, food, and education). I interacted daily with these less fortunate women who had the desire and work ethic, yet simply lacked the capital to start a business and create better opportunities for their family’s future.
Having lived in America since 2008, I’ve had the opportunity through the Junior League of Dallas, for example, to experience and contribute to the power of civic service organizations in the US to drive change in their communities and tackle its toughest issues. Thus, when the opportunity arose to be part of Mahila, I was eager to enlist the same humanitarian efforts to empower women globally hoping to make a small impact back home! Winston Churchill put it best: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Purva has lived in Dallas with her husband since 2013, practicing as a residential architect with Richard Drummond Davis Architects. Prior to, she spent 5 years in New York City, working as an architectural designer at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. She has an MS in Architecture and Urban Design from The Pratt Institute in New York and Bachelors in Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design in Gujarat, India.