August 15th is Independence Day in India, commemorating the day in 1947 when India became free from British rule. As the country celebrates with speeches and concerts and kite-flying, the artisans reflect on what independence and freedom mean on a more personal level. In these photos, some of the women share their views of freedom. Economic empowerment has led to many more changes in their lives as they have become more self-confident, decisive, informed, and – independent! They have become leaders and role models for their families and their communities. Join us in honoring all those who have fought and continue to fight for their right to determine their own future.