Asha’s Story of Hope

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Overcoming a Lack of Education

“There are no opportunities in India if you don’t have a good education, and all I have is a skill I learned from my mother. My mother taught me basic weaving and braiding. I shaped up this skill and polished it to become a Team leader in this workshop where today, I have nine women working with me. Every day, coming to work and having a sense of responsibility and accountability for my work gives me pride in what I do.

A Caring Community

I cannot imagine life without my work.

I met with an accident in my kitchen two years ago when I was deep frying.

Health insurance and government facilities are very bad in India.

We couldn’t afford a private hospital, so I asked for help from our workshop owners.

They admitted me to a private hospital where I was treated for burns.

I was really concerned about how I was going to pay the money back, but the owners waived off the entire bill.

Real Hope

At the moment my son, who works in a tea shop, and I are providing everything. My husband is out of work.

Our Trades of Hope order came just before the 2-month COVID-19 lockdown in India.

A lot of factories didn’t pay their workers who had to migrate back on foot to their hometowns.

I’m very lucky to work with this Artisan community.

Although there was a lockdown, our workshop continued to pay us.

We have a light joke about this in our workshop – that Trades of Hope has really given us hope!” – Asha, Leather Traveler Bag Artisan in India

Trades of Hope is partnering to bring hope to women overcoming poverty in India.

Every purchase of our Leather Traveler Bag supports women in India like Asha.


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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.


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