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ALWAR: After living on the fringes of the society for a long time, scavengers are slowly becoming a part of the mainstream. With an increased awareness about the discrimination against them,manual scavengers are building the courage to share their stories with the world.

Some of them flew to France on Wednesday to attend a convention on industrial and economic growth, where they will narrate their story about life transforming experiences.

Laxmi Nanda from Alwar and Dali from Tonk, who were earlier scavengers, now lead a better life with the efforts of NGO Sulabh International Sanstha.

The duo has been selected for a visit to France, where they will interact with the French and Israeli presidents.

"I didn't know how to write in Hindi but today I can talk in English as well," Laxmi said filled with pride.

Both Laxmi and Dali are no longer manual scavengers but work with the NGO.

Laxmi would narrate her journey from being a scavenger and facing discrimination to being brought into the mainstream and leading a life of dignity.

She describes her years as a scavenger 'bad' and 'atrocious'. A few months ago, she met the then President of India Pratibha Patil.

Coordinator of NGO Nai Disha Santosh Singh said "These women are making the country proud in other parts of the world with their efforts. They have quit scavenging and are now a part the mainstream society." Nai Disha also works for provid ing better opportunities those who earlier worked scavengers.

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