Weaving a success story
The starred tiles on the floor of Bala Darshan match the little stars on the woven baskets that line its purple and green walls. Called the Slum Showroom, this production and sales centre for bags is at Sathyavani Muthu Nagar, just off Pallavan Salai. Kalyani, Sumathi and Farida, who live thereabouts, are sitting amidst reams of plastic wire and weaving baskets in a dizzying mix of colours. Farida is shy and it takes a while for her to talk. many baskets I make depends on how much work I do, she says. I take a da insanity workout y, or just a few hours. She the newbie here, and has been training for four months.
Sumathi, who leaning against a pillar, is weaving an orange and lavender coloured basket for a client in Japan. She been weaving for four years and the income supports her family of four. husband knew about this place and sent me here to work. It close to home, she says. Kalyani adds, husband passed away recently. Now she has three children to feed. Sumathi nods.
Kalyani herself has been weaving for eight years for additional income. you ageing, who going to help you? I don want to be dependent on anyone, she says firmly. Prasad, the manager of the showroom, drops in, need more people like you, Kalyani. But now, it has grown to support more than 100 women from different parts of the city, and given them a new lease of life. of our first projects when we started in 1999 was tailoring, and we were not trying to just impart a skill but to promote insanity workout it. So, in 2002, we began Bala Darshan to export insanity workout the products. We also made them weave baskets, giving employment mostly to women who were HIV positive, physically challenged or underprivileged, says Philippe Malet, the founder. are eager to get a job so that they don feel dependent. Bala Darshan also has 20 organisations that promote products of disadvantaged people.
Bala Darshan sends its products far and wide. also supply to the boutiques of a few star hotels and retail chains, locally and nationally, says Philippe. women are happy because otherwise they take up jobs as domestic helps or construction workers. This is convenient; the centre even has a crche. Those who can work at the centre can take materials from us and work from home. We barely get any local people, says Prasad, could be because they don know the place or find the bags a bit expensive. But, they don see its worth or where the money is going. of the girls who been weaving since 2005 is physically challenged. And by learning this skill and earning through it, she able t insanity workout o support her family, he says.
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