The utter generosity of the poor humbles us. They give rice to every mendicant even when their rice is getting over. That is what needs to be understood - their greatnes and their richness. That is what they are defined by. That they are impoverished is what defines us.
We are the cause of that poverty - and the onus is on us to share deeply and completely. (email@example.com)
Paalaguttapalli (Dalitwada) , Pakala Mandalam, Chittoor Dt, AP 517152.
The village is a habitation of largely landless labourers, with about sixty households We moved to the village in 1995, in our twenties, after resigning our jobs, with some readings of Gandhi and a belief in Gram Swaraj. Local concerns here ranged from dalit issues to organic farming and swadeshi efforts. We have engaged in personal capacity as one of the community. We did not want to become an NGO. Various interventions from ayurveda to afforestation to livlihoods have been collectively done with the people
The village has faced recurrent droughts over the last years, and agriculture has slowed down and there is large scale underemployment. People survive by grazing a cow or two, and last year distress sale of cattle also began. We have been working together on addressing the water situation through various rain water harvesting processes, and discussing cropping patterns that need less water - but other livelihood options need to be worked out.
A group of ten women are now stitching and have honed their stitching and screen printing skills to perfection. They work conscientiously, and try to maintain perfection. More women wish to join, as orders increase.
Bags Orders can be placed at Aparna Krishnan, firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/aparna.krishnan.902 PRICING PATTERN (BASIC BAG)
17" by 14", with short handles (capacity 4kg) - 55/- 17" by 14", with long handles (capacity 4kg) - 65/-
12" by 10" (small bag) , with handles - Tamboolam Bag - 45/-
Small drawstring bags (7" by 5") - 35/-
Large drawstring bags (14" by 10") - 45/-
Larger capacity gusset bags , short handles (17" by 14" by 4") - 90/-
Gusset bags with a base, zip and an inside pocket for cell phone - 130/-.
(17" *12", base 5")
Sling bags with zips, inner pocket - 130/- ADDITIONAL FEATURES - additional charge for kalamkari strip - 20/- - additional charge for embroidery - 20/- - additional charge for zip - 20/- - additional charge for screenprinting - 20/- - additional charge for standup style - 10/- - additional charge for long shoulder length handles - 10/-
Customization of orders undertaken (including customized screen prints).
1. Plain bags (17"*14") Rs. 55/-
2. Kalamkari panel (17"*14") Rs. 75/-
3. Kalamkari panel , Long handle (17"*14")Rs. 85/-
4. Hand embroidary (17"*14") Rs. 75/-
5. Hand embroidary , Long handle (17"*14") Rs. 85/-
6 pockets, each holding 1kg, and a central space holding 3-4 kg
35. Compartment Veg bags. (XL) Rs. 450/-
6 pockets, each holding 2kg, and a central space holding 3-4 kg
The women have been working hard, with complete commitment to quality and neatness. When I tell Rani that the quality is uniformly appreciated, she tells me, "That is what we need. Money is secondary." And every customer has uniformly appreciated the work.
Understanding the expenses involves, and the need for a revolving fund, they have decided to keep part of the profits they get aside towards this. When an order comes, they make sure that everyone gets a fair and equal share. They have taken complete charge of the work, from collecting the cloth from the neighbouring transport office 10km away, to handing the costing and the stitching, to the pcking and parcelling from the post office, including all the dealing with a recalcitrant staff there.
They bought motors for their machines, and worked on getting them fixed with the help of others in the village. They have put aside time to go to Chennai and learn screen printing on their own, and have practised that in the village till they acheived quality.
The whole story, and the reviews from customers is here.