Seema’s Story of Hope

by | Artisans

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“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!

Seema & her Artisan community make our School Spirit Masks.

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.

$1 Giveback from every purchase of our School Spirit Masks provides COVID-19 economic relief to Seema’s Artisan community.

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

Trades of Hope is giving back to provide COVID-19 economic relief to Seema’s Artisan community in India.

$1 Giveback from every purchase of our School Spirit Masks provides COVID-19 economic relief to the Artisans who made your mask.


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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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