Kasturba Gandhi was born to a prosperous businessman Gokuladas Makharji of Porbandar on April 11, 1869. She got married to Mohandas Gandhi, when she was just thirteen years old. When has husband left for London for pursuing further studies, she remained in India. Kasturba was very religious minded. She always supported her husband in the political protests. She went along with her husband to South Africa in the year 1897.
From the period between 1904 and 1914, she was actively involved in the Phoenix Settlement near Durban. In the year 1913, she raised her vioce against the inhuman working conditions of Indians in South Africa. In 1915, she accompanied her husband and supported the Indigo planters. During the Quit India Movement's arrests aggravated her illness and died on February 22, 1944.