After Kartar Kaur’s death the responsibility for caring for her newborn child passed to her mother-in-law – Deep’s grandmother – Mata Jai Kaur. Jai Kaur was 85 years-old at the time and dutifully continued working in the cotton and wheat fields, preparing food and managing other household chores while caring for her newborn grandchild. In many ways, Mata Jai Kaur’s life reflects the struggles that
women continue to face in many parts of India and the developing
world. She was forced to marry young, denied opportunities for
education and lived a life of servitude. Her responsibilities as a
young women included hauling drinking water over long
distances through Rajasthan’s scorching summers and freezing
winters. Like Kartar Kaur, Jai Kaur faced the many health-risks
associated with early pregnancy in an environment that lacked
reproductive health services. Many poor families in Ganganagar
 still marry their children young, which increases the likelihood of early pregnancy and its associated health risks. Fortunately, Jai Kaur survived to live a long time. She passed away in 1976 at the age of 105 and in the process had a direct and profound influence on three generations of her family. For her children, grandchildren and the great grandchildren Jai Kaur remains an everlasting spring of inspiration and love that makes the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre possible. In development discourse it is well established that women can play a central role in lifting their families out of poverty. Together, Mata Kartar Kaur and Mata Jai Kaur embodied this notion of women as agents of change. They planted a seed that bloomed around the world and that has come back to Ganganagar through MJK-MCHC.