Sarvamangala Moti the name means “Someone wishing everyone’s wellbeing” will manifest this persona of the most quoted Verse of the holiest scripture of Hindus.
Living in Vidyanagar Hubballi she is supporting 25 women in her collective enterprise of baby suits and clothe making. She always wanted to augment their monthly home income to provide a good life & education.
There has always been a steady growth, satisfaction of helping 25 more women support their families and recognition for her good deeds. She joined Micro-entrepreneurship programme in 2017 as Biz Sakhi under Disha project of UNDP. The tasks were organising women peers under Aari embroidery classes, mentoring them for a better income and sustainable livelihood.
The “Clamping down” of lockdown has been a very trying time; yet Sarvamangala started designing and evolving “SAFE Masks” with team Deshpande Foundation.
She along with other women leaders of Aari embroidery community has gone ahead for registration of a Producers Company. This community is persevering their dream of a large women owned and governed collective enterprise on the lines of AMUL or Lijjat.
Thankfully, Covid 19 times have brought them enough time to work towards achieving these milestones.
“The name for our proposed company has been approved last week; Swavalambi Sakhi Producers Company Ltd. We’ll all prosper under this large collective enterprise; all the self- reliant women Sakhis of North Karnataka”: said Sarvamangala with an effervescent smile and twinkle in her eyes
Leelavathi Talwar, with her required tailoring skills she was somehow able to manage her ends meet on a day- to- day basis. The lockdown announcement in the whole country put her in a panic situation. She started losing her orders from the customers because of the Pandemic around the corner. Looking at her 6 years old son Preetam, Leelavathi had a mixed feeling during lockdown – a hope to live a happy life in the future with son and a question of survival with the poor economic conditions at home.
When Leelavathi was 5 months old she had polio attach and lost her strength in the right leg, without any support she is unable to walk even today. But she was determent to stand on her own independently. After completing the SSLC exam she joined a college but could not able to manage to pass plus two exams. Her father was a labour in the construction sector and mothers a housewife. Leelavathi has two elder brothers. Unable to sit idle at home and even family needed some support to run the family. So she joined tailoring classes and for one and a half years she underwent training meanwhile also learned Zardosi work too.
“It was very hard to stitch the sample work or to finish the homework I use to get in the training classes since I cannot use my right leg while stitching. At that time I could not even afford a motor to fix and easy my work nor own a sewing machine. With all the efforts and support from family and friends cleared the training. But I made my mind very clear to earn and support the family. At the age of 28, I got married and my husband is born deaf and dumb. For two years we were together and now we are suppurated and have no support from my husband, he does not even care about his son”, Leelavthi explains her condition.
“I need to provide a good education to my only Son who is born healthy with God’s grace and make him a good citizen in society. He should not suffer like me and able to help others by securing a good job or taking up this own enterprise” – shares Leelavthi with full of hopes.
During Lockdown when everything came to halt, I was unable to think what next? Then Deshpande Foundation’s Micro-Entrepreneurship Program team members came to support by training me to stitch good face masks, which are technically stitched in the right manner and taken care of all necessary quality tests. I could able to stitch around 200 masks in two days and earned nearly Rs.450. I also recommended my friends in the neighborhood who comes from a similar economic condition like me to take up mask-making/stitching and they too felt this as a ray of hope during the critical period.
“Safe Masks 3P stitching gives me the satisfaction of contributing a bit from my end to the nation when it is fighting the war against the COVID-19. Thanks to Deshpande Foundation for giving us the opportunity to serve the nation and at the same time earn for our livelihood” says Leelavthi.