Dealing with Problems

October 1st

9:00 TO 5:00 DESIGN WORKSHOP
2:00 TO 3:00 MEETING WITH JOSEPH – WARE MANAGER
3:00 TO 5:00 MEETING WITH FERZEEN, PSYCHOLOGIST

Today again, I had the entire morning for the workshop. My time here is fast coming to an end, just 3 working days left before I leave. This is always the challenging time, because now is when the interiors and accessories start to get sewn and delivered to the workshop for embroidery. There are always small things that have had to be changed, some fabrics that did not come on time or the color was wrong, etc. So attention detail is important. It is also a time when everyone is tense and the heat and 90% humidity does not help. It has been so hot. If you are outside for even 5 minutes, you are drenched in sweat. Inside, the fans do a great job, though.

In the afternoon we had a great meeting with Ferzeen, our Psychologist Consultant who comes to MarketPlace- Mumbai twice a month. We hired her in July because we felt that some of the women needed counseling. She has developed an excellent three-pronged strategy. She conducts group sessions with individual cooperatives, group sessions with the group managers and supervisors and does individual counseling. Of course, she did not name names, but spoke of a teenage child who had possibly been raped when she was younger, a woman who had gone through very hard times because her husband had some psychological problems and is very resentful toward him, and women who feel depressed because they do not have much in their lives other than work and responsibilities. Requests to see her individually come directly from the women, and they are increasing all the time.

I see now that her intervention is crucial and we probably will have to increase the number of days she comes. She is paid by SHARE, another example of how important a role SHARE plays in the lives of the women.

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