Fareeda ben, mother of 3 kids, lives with a family of 10 people in Jiyapar village of Nakhatrana, with the only occupation of the wp family being embroidery work. She has been doing tie & dye work since childhood. The family income of Fareeda ben is not much and supporting 10 family members was proving to be a difficult task for Fareeda ben and her husband. Most of the times, they would not get work for even 15 days in a month. Their situation was miserable. She got to know about the training program run by Sewa International from her friend. She immediately took the decision to enroll herself and successfully completed the training. It has been 3 years since she is associated with Sewa International. She even imparts training of Bandhani to women like herself. Apart from training she also participates in several workshops and trade exhibitions. The training and workshops helped her learn new skills and techniques, which improved the quality of her Bandhani work. With the help of Sewa International, she opened a savings account in the bank. In a very short span of time Fareeda ben has improved her skills and through her hard work and application of learned skills: she has improved the financial condition of her family as well. She currently heads the Bandhani unit of the Sewa International Design and Development Center (SIDDC). She also works as Community Resource Person (CRP) and regularly takes Bandhani training of the other women artisans. She mentors about 80 women who do Bandhani work. Her personal income is now Rs.7000 per month, and she has gathered all the basic amenities for her family. She happily claims that Sewa International has made her “self-reliant and self- dependent”.

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