Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India

May 30, 2011

The sky's the limit

Holding a blouse that she has sewn
Holding a blouse that she has sewn

When I was in India visiting the project, I got to speak to Shubanghi who has been going to sewing classes run by the project. I was quite amazed by how much impact learning this skill seemed to have had on her life. What remains strong in my mind is her drive and enthusiasm when she spoke about her ideas about the future.

Here is her story:

Name: Shubanghi Raju Diwar - beneficiary of women’s sewing class


I started sewing classes six months ago and have completed the course now. When I started I had never earned any money in hand. I just relied on my husband all the time. One person’s money wasn’t enough. Karunaprabha came here and I came to know about the project. She said I could earn my own money and I wouldn’t have to pay fees to learn how to do this. I thought it was a good thing. My husband didn’t want me to leave the house - he wanted me to just stay home and look after the kids. But after I started to learn sewing and I could sew things, he liked it - he even helps me with it now! I taught him how to sew and he does it too! He comes home from work after 3, eats lunch and then he helps me with the sewing.

Thoughts about the future

Now I just want to take this further and further. I can do blouses now and I want to learn fashion design and doing dresses. I could open my own shop or work from home.

What has been the biggest change in your life since doing the sewing classes?

The biggest change has been that before I didn’t have the confidence or aspiration to do anything with my life. Now it’s changed and I want to do lots of new things.



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Karuna Trust

London, England, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Steven Murdoch

Staff Member
London, UK United Kingdom

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