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Maya’s Story of Hope in India

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Maya’s Story of Hope in India – (Read Time: 1 min.) 

Abandoned by Her Husband

When Maya arrived at the workshop, she was in bad condition. After her husband had traveled to the Middle East as a laborer, he never sent any money or contacted her again. Maya was left alone to care for their six-year-old child and newborn baby with no home, income, or support of any kind.

Finally, after a devastating earthquake, Maya left Nepal with her two young children to search for their relatives in India. Together they traveled over 1,500 miles by road and train until they reached the west coast of India where her relatives worked as Artisans.

Welcomed by Her New Family

When Maya and her children finally arrived at the workshop, her relatives and the entire community of Artisans welcomed them with open arms. Their new “family” began to help Maya create a better life for herself and her children. Specializing in employing vulnerable women, the Artisans cared for Maya’s children in their crèche – a special childcare facility for moms-in-need.

Empowered With Hope

The Artisans also trained Maya how to sew fair-trade clothing and helped her connect with social workers who were able to arrange for her older child to attend a local school.

Now Maya earns a living wage and is able to provide for her family’s needs. Besides becoming financially independent and running her own home, she’s also become an excellent tailor. But the most inspiring and meaningful change in Maya’s life is her new “family” who proudly shared with Trades of Hope that Maya is loved by all, especially for her calm demeanor, big smile, and readiness to help anyone in need.

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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.