“I got married when I was 19 years old and had two children; a boy and a girl. When my daughter was five months old, my husband died. It was hard being a widow with two children.
I went to live with my husband’s family for two years, then according to our custom I returned to live with my parents.
Soon after we moved, my father’s job took us to New Delhi. I had no job and no skills as I had dropped out of school when I got married. I felt lost in my new city.
A few months later I met a lady from Enfair in my new church who asked if I wanted to learn embroidery skills. I felt I needed to learn some new skills, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I’m not a natural at needle work, so I found it quite hard. But my teacher kept encouraging me to keep trying. In a few months’ time I started embroidering the bags and started earning money. This enabled me to be a bit more financially independent and amongst other things I can pay my children’s school fees and pay for their transport to and from school.
I’m so grateful to the Enfair team for teaching me embroidery skills and helping me to earn money this way. I can embroider the bags while caring for my children when they are at school or when they are asleep.
I’ve found that the experience has s boosted my confidence and helped me on the road to standing on my own feet.
I have always wanted to provide for my children who are now eight and four and although I am still depending on my parents for some things, I am hopeful for a better future for myself and my children.”
Enfair is a Fair trade enterprise with the aim of empowering women in extreme poverty in India, to learn new sewing and embroidery skills. The money made through the sale of the fairly-traded bags and accessories go back into the community to help improve the lives of the women and their families.
Please come along and support our upcoming Sales in Enfield :
Saturday the 18th of November at Enfield Baptist Church (Upper Hall) Cecil Road, EN2 6TG
Saturday the 25th of November at St Andrews Parish Hall Silver Street, EN1 3EG
Thank you for your continued support.