Women who live rurally in India have almost twice the level of illiteracy as men. Thankfully there is some change in children today, but for adults, they missed their chance.
Rashi grew up in poverty and had only a little schooling. She learned household chores, caring for the chickens and helped with her siblings. Education was an unaffordable luxury. She was married young and soon had a family. Her husband is a day laborer and began to drink to escape the difficulties of life. This means they rarely have enough food in the house and hard decisions trouble them, like whether the children stay in school or work in the field alongside the mother so that can earn a little money and help pay for the food they eat.
When you Give a sewing machine to a mom in Indiayou provide the training and the equipment needed for a woman like Rashi to start her business. She does not get rich, but you empower her to earn her own income and use it to take care of her family in times of difficulty. It also means that she is at home when the children need to study and can give them the support they need to succeed.
Thank you for being the difference for Rashi and other women like her that lack the means to support themselves. You are their catalyst for change.
Muppidi, graduated from high school just as the pandemic hit. Her father is a daily wage worker, so the family falls beneath India’s poverty line. She took the lockdown period as a form of gap year, during which she was introduced to a tailoring program funded by your donation.
In broken English, Muppidi, now aged 20 said, “In this gap I got an opportunity miraculously to learn tailoring because we are under poverty line so we can’t pay to learn tailoring course by payment. Now I can stitch all the models for ladies and school dresses very neatly, and it will be fit as I already tested by practicing in this training period.”
Not only has Muppidi learned a new skill that will provide a steady income for her family, but she has acquired business and personal interaction skills, which all have contributed enormously to her confidence. “Thank you, one and all,” she said.
So, thank you so much for your kind gifts. They make it possible to train young women like Muppidi in tailoring, and provide them with their own sewing machine when they graduate.
Anusha doesn't have to worry about paying rent now
By John Sparks | President, India Partners
Anusha poses with her program completion ribbon
Covid-19 has slammed India, causing a crisis for families already living in poverty. Along with avoiding the virus, people also have to worry about how they will work to afford food and housing.
This was the case with Anusha. Her father died eight years ago and her sisters moved elsewhere to get married, leaving Anusha to be the only breadwinner in her household. Making rent payments was a sorce of constant stress for her family, as they live in a poor village with limited income opportunities.
Then, she reached out to the tailoring school program and was accepted! Now, because of your generosity, Anusha has learned many new stitches and patterns. She also has received a sewing machine to take home to start her own tailoring business. This would't be possible without your generosity!
"I am confident that now I can earn money to support my family and to live. The tailoring school turned out to be a great blessing not only to me, but to many women in our village. We are grateful for you." -Anusha
Now more than ever, it is so important to empower women living in poverty. The Covid crisis has devastated rural villages, but your support for women like Anusha mean income is one less thing a family has to worry about. Thank you!
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