Jyothi was born with a cleft lip and palate to a farmer couple in Darbur village, Karnataka. She lived with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate for 14 years which hindered her eating, speaking and even breathing. She dropped out of primary school due to low self-esteem and fear of social rejection. Jyothi was the first person to be treated under the Muskaan initiative. After the surgery and with the continued support of the wonderful doctors at Smile Train India, Jyothi has received a second chance at living a more fulfilling life. She smiles often now and even has plans to complete her education!