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Field Notes

The Story of Nazia

anchal india artisans nazia I knew Nazia before she knew me. I knew that she had an arranged marriage and became pregnant at age 16. I knew that her husband abandoned her and their son when she was only 18 years old and she often feared that she wouldn't be able to provide for her family. I knew that this fear grew over the years as her mother's health declined.

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From Home to Work - Meet Maya

From work to home, Maya is a light in the lives of many (ours included). As a wife, a mother of 3 boys, and an Anchal artisan of 4 years, Maya is very busy, yet she maintains a positive outlook on her future. Her long-term goals are to give her children an education and to own a home. Continue reading

Meet Mamta

Mamta is a 26-year-old artisan who has been with Anchal for five years. She works tirelessly to support her two small children and is saving her income from Anchal so that they can go to private school when they are old enough.

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Meet Anchal Artisan: Basanti

anchal artisans india basantiWhen Basanti walks into the Anchal workspace, she brings a warm and compassionate energy to the group. Upon first meeting Basanti, she is slightly reserved and shy. However, it does not take long before she is sharing her infectious smile and joyous giggle. Continue reading