Alia exemplifies enterprise and hardwork. She is a mother of four and all her children are well educated and settled in life. She has worked hard from a young age as a tailor and NGO worker promoting self help groups in her area. She has been with Kriti since 2013 and manages one of the production units. She continues to work hard so that she can be financially independent and also ensure needy young women in her area have some work.
Anees has been working hard all her life to ensure that her children get a chance to study and get ahead in life. She learned hand embroidery and thanks to her skills and competence became the supervisor in a few years. She has faced many challenges in life with serious health problems in her family, but she perseveres with an indomitable spirit.
Fareeda is a multifaceted lady who is an active community worker and has spent years motivating women to join self help groups and then to provide training to community women on health issues. She reskilled herself to become an embroidery trainer and now supervises a team of 20-25 embroidery artisans. She is our go to person for any brainstorming any new community development initiative.
Farzana’s journey hasn’t been easy. She got married at a very early age due to which she couldn't pursue her education after 8th class. She was determined to give her children better opportunities. Her husband is an auto rickshaw driver and his income wasn't enough to support education for their three children. So Farzana took a bold decision and joined the tailoring training program at Kriti. She started with making simple bags and pouches and five years later, she is one our most skilled tailors, making beautiful garments in silk fabric. She is the first woman in her family who is doing a job and her children are getting the best education amongst all her family members. She is rightly proud of her achievements!
Anasuja is the supervisor at one of Kriti’s bag production units. She is responsible for cutting the bags, distribution of work amongst the tailors, training them on new techniques and maintaining quality and quantity of output. Anasuja joined Kriti in 2010 as a trainee in the tailoring training center. From there she has developed her skills and now is in a leadership role. She has come a long way in her personal life also and made an independent life for herself and her two sons away from the physical and emotional abuse from her husband.
Like many other women at Kriti, Shabana did not receive a proper education - poverty and her gender prevented her from that basic right. She dropped out of school after 3rd grade and got married at a very young age of 18. After dropping out of school, Shabana engaged herself in odd jobs hoping to continue her education.
Her husband works as a cycle mechanic in a small kiosk that is owned by his cousin. They live in a kaccha hut halfway up the slope of a hill in Film Nagar slums. She comes across as shy and quiet but this 27-year-old dreams big. She wants her two children, a boy and a girl, to get higher education and become good citizens. However, with just the limited income that her husband has, this would be an impossible dream.
Shabana learnt tailoring at a Kriti training center in 2010. Since then, she works at the center for 6-8 hours per day to help supplement her family’s income. “Before I joined the Kriti center I used to earn around Rs 30 per day by stitching petticoats. The agent paid me only Rs 18 for a dozen petticoats. Today I earn over Rs 400 per day at the Kriti center and work fewer hours. I can even take my children to work whenever they have holidays or are home early.”
In 2019 Shabana developed severe cervical pain and was unable to continue stitching. She took a break for a few months and got treatment. She rejoined Kriti in 2020 as a trainer for the Sewing Machine Operator course that teaches women how to operate an industrial sewing machine. Her hard-earned skills will be used in other ways.