Manisha joined our crafts programme in 2016, aspiring to learn new skills and earn more. She attended training and upskilled her sewing that she so far only used for domestic purposes like repairs etc. She then joined in the production of orders procured for the women in her local group who earned regularly from marketable work.
Later in 2016 this group formed a self-help savings group which has since been loaning money to the women in turns. Manisha borrowed Rs.25000 (roughly £250) in 2020 and bought herself an ‘aata chakki’, or wheat grinder, and now has 8-10 regular customers for whom she grinds wheat. She also owns a buffalo, a cow, and a calf. She sells approximately 4 litres of milk daily.
A third source of income is making salwars with her friends who sew kurtas to make a salwar-kurta set by order from other village women (note; typical dress for women in this area).