I have also been impressed at the quiet way her confidence and enterprise has built up over the years.
She would procure, pack and parcel tamarind to the shops were were able to suggest to her in Chennai. She sourced groundnuts and cleaned, deseeded, packed and sent them. She got amla from the nearby forest and made whatever products we suggested. Our ayurvedic doctor Dr. Girija procured from her, and the patients swore by the effectiveness of this. With a bigger order Annapurna was so happy - and only wishes for more work. She does a neat, through, honest job - as do all villagers.
When we suggested pickles, she systematically procured, cleaned, dried and ground all spices and made tomato and gongura pickles, When I told her that those were much appreciated, that mattered to her more than the money that came. On her own she trained as a tailor at the local tailor, and is the person to whom all the local women go to get their blouses stitched, and all the girls to gert the pavadais stitched. She capably experiments with newer patterns also.
The village people only want good, honourable employment - and that is what is proving so hard.