Rafiqan’s Story of Hope in India

by | Artisans

Empowered Through Skills Training

I’ve been working as an Artisan for fourteen years. I’m married, and we live with my in-laws on the outskirts of Jaipur. My mother-in-law is a housewife, and my father-in-law is too old to work now, so, all our family’s income must be earned by my husband and me. A relative introduced me to leather crafting where I started as a thread cutter. Slowly and steadily, I’ve picked up my skills along the way with the help of fellow Artisans. Now I can make a whole product – from pasting to stitching!

Empowered Through Dignified Working Conditions

Living on the outskirts of the city has its advantages since most workshops are on the outskirts.

But a lot of workshops don’t have clean and dignified working conditions.

During my time at this workshop, I‘ve never seen any Artisan ever being mistreated.

They even help us by giving us advanced salaries when anyone is in need.

Empowered Through Sustainable Income

I don’t have dreams for myself, but I want my kids to be able to go to college and finish their higher studies without any hiccups. My work gives me a stable income throughout the year. We can plan our coming months and not have to live from day to day. Regular work and timely payments have made it easy for me to send my kids to school without worrying. I’m able to support my family and most importantly, pay for my kids’ education.
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1 Comment

  1. Tammie May

    These are beautiful, handmade, leather products that help families support themselves and their children! I’m not surprised that HOPE is in the name of this organization. You feel the hope in this story!

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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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