Daycare is hard to come by in most parts of India. Traditionally children were looked after by the extended family in the family home. However, since the women have moved to Mumbai from their villages, they do not have much family support. Hand embroidery allows women to work from home and is an essential tool in our philosophy of empowering women.
The materials used for the embroidery are simple and do not need a lot of space to store in homes that are already too small.
The education system in India is very challenging and competitive and the children have a lot of homework every day. Although the women are mostly unable to help their children with their homework, they show their support by sitting with them as they do their embroidery work.
Sharmila Sharma of Nirman Collective proudly showing off the Puri Top she has embroidered.