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Empowering Mothers to Empower Their Children

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Empowering Mothers to Empower Their Children

Kamla with her daughtersKamla was born into extreme poverty and never went to school.  She did labor work from the time she was only a 13 year old girl until she was old enough to have an arranged marriage. She married and had her first daughter at age 18. Today she is a 53 year-old-woman with 4 daughters ages 10-35.  Kamla was determined to give her daughters the opportunities that she never had, but struggled to find safe, reliable work.

Anchal artisan KamlaKamla has now been working with Anchal for six years. She has worked very hard, consistently creating beautiful, marketable pieces. She takes advantage of the education workshops in subjects such as financial planning & goal setting and recently saved enough money to purchase a home of her own. Her youngest daughter, who recently taught Kamla how to sign her name, is in 3rd grade. Two of her daughters are in high school and the oldest one is in graduate school - studying to become a teacher herself.

Kamla's daughter's lives are not only economically improved, they are enriched by the prospect of higher education and empowered by possibilities.Anchal artisan kamla with TessIn our most recent trip to India, we visited Kamla's new home in Ajmer. As we were walking up to the entrance she said, "I just want to make my daughters proud." Seconds later her daughters greeted us and embraced her with loving hugs. In that moment we had no doubt that she had already succeeded. Kamla's daughters are young, fearless agents of change, not only because of their education, but because of the shining example that their mother set.

-Tess

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