On our most recent trip to India, I had the opportunity to visit with artisan Santu. She is one of the first artisans I connect eyes with when I walk into the Anchal center. We immediately engage with giant smiles and giggles. Santu resonates joy and optimism that is contagious. When I spoke with Santu she proudly shared that this year she was able to purchased a refrigerator for her home. With a big smile she also told me that she bought a gold anklet and nose ring for her new daughter-in-law, which is a major accomplishment.
Santu also conveyed her recent diabetes diagnosis, and how it restricted her from working for a few months. However, she has since changed her eating habits and has started to see improvements. She jokingly said, “When we first met I was much larger, but now I have lost weight!” She also told me about her eyesight declining and asked if we could provide another eye exam and glasses for the group. I am hoping to find an optometrist or company to help sponsor a camp in the near future.
Santu ended the conversation sharing how much it means to here to create products for Anchal, “Where we cannot physically reach, our names are reaching there!” She she wanted to make sure that I shared her gratitude with you, Anchal's supporters. “I want to thank all the people who are associated with Anchal.”
Santu's growth is facilitated through a generous yearly artisan sponsorship by Ann Coffey. Santu is one of many women in our program dedicated to empowering her future and the future of her family. To learn more about how you can join in #GivingWIthAnchal, visit our donation page.