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Kusum and her seventeen teammates from Yuwa, a rural Jharkhand-based NGO using football to empower girls, earned national acclaim after winning a bronze medal this July at the Gasteiz Cup in Spain. She was chosen by her teammates for the team based on her positive leadership, honesty and ability to inspire team unity. After seeing her older sisters married off at an early age, Kusum has shown her determination to carve out a different future by winning scholarships to a private school and becoming the class topper her first year. Kusum is a confident young woman with dreams of working for an NGO to help other girls like herself.