Kanchan and her husband had been living on a meager income of 3500 Rupees, or about $54, a month. She learned about a new cooperative in her village that was training women to make jewelry and was encouraged to join by her neighbor. She visited the group and immediately felt at home!
Initially, Kanchan was very shy, but once she began to generate a regular income for her household, her confidence and independence increased.
Shortly after she began working, she became pregnant with her first child and had numerous complications. With the flexibility and support offered through her participation in the women’s group, she could work in the comfort of her own home and prioritize her well-being. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy and was able to spend time with her newborn while continuing to support her family.
Today, Kanchan is an essential part of the artisan group. She is adept at many forms of jewelry making and trains other women artisans. Due to her hard work, she saved enough money to contribute to her family's purchase of a two-room flat in their village.
Kanchan is one of the many women artisans at the cooperative on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Over the years, this fair trade organization has impacted the lives of thousands, making an impact not only on the women that they train and employ, but also on their families and communities through health and childcare initiatives, and education. They are committed to empowering women and throughout the years have provided fair and sustainable employment to over 400 women.