Seema’s Story of Hope in India – (Read Time: 1 min.)
“I grew up in a very poor family in a small village in Northern India. I lost my mother when I was very young. I don’t even remember her. My two sisters and I grew up living with our grandparents. My father worked small jobs and took care of us, but because of our financial challenges, I could only complete my basic schooling.
Later on, I was married off, but my husband’s family was also very economically challenged, so we migrated to Delhi in search of a better life. I’m happy that I‘m working at this fair-trade workshop.
My life has certainly improved while spending my past thirteen years here. I’ve been able to give my children a better education. My daughter was able to study through 12th standard, and my son has also been able to stay in school. They both want to study further and find good jobs. I want to see their dreams fulfilled!
I’m so happy that we have a small house of our own. Though it’s small, we don’t have to pay the rent! I hope that I can build one more room in the future! Because of my work, I can also save money, participate in a self-help group, and receive healthcare support.
I’m thankful to our partners, Trades of Hope, for providing us with valuable work! It has a positive impact on my life. It’s important that we continue to work to have a better and secure life. I’m happy that I’m a part of this fair-trade partnership.”
– Seema, Artisan in India