We want to share with our readers the incredible partners we have at Anchal and all the work they do that further helps and enriches the holistic program for our artisans. This month, we are featuring our partner, Jaimala Gupta, co-founder of Vatsalya and Anoothi. Jamaila was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her journey and perspective below:
What is your role within Vatsalya, Anoothi and the partnership with Anchal?
I work from a distance, keeping my mind focused on how artisans are developing under the program. I try to study and understand the changes in their conduct, thinking, approach to life, and challenges. I also try to assess how the project staff and other members of the team view the program overall and make conscious efforts to help them keep focus on empowerment, which is the highest goal of the project. My intention is to remind the artisans to have high career aspirations and to know hard work must happen in order to achieve those goals.
What inspires you to do the work that you do?
I don’t seem to need any inspiration. I have been given a life, a good loving heart, and some good thoughts. I just want to follow my instinct and if I can make some good things happen in the process, well, why not?
What do you find most challenging in your work?
Challenges are numerous but none of these trouble me in a big way. My temperament is a bit of a problem at times but those moments pass and life gets back to its smooth journey again. To me nothing is a serious challenge, but I don’t think others working with me can say the same!
What is your most memorable/inspiring moment working with Anchal artisans
When the artisans share how they now are able to change lives of others, after Anchal changed their life!
What advice do you have for others hoping to create change in their communities?
Work without expecting too much, too soon. If you believe in your mission, just do what you need to do and leave the rest to time. It does not mean work without focus or a goal, but don’t get too invested in output.
Which Anchal product is your favorite design?
I thought the Infinity Scarf was my favorite until I saw the designs for the new collection!
What do you hope to see happen with Vatsalya and the Anchal project in the future?
More artisans trained, more daughters helped in school, more stable and safe lives with the warm and enhancing partnership of Anchal and Vatsalya.
You can follow Jaimala’s work on Instagram @anoothiindia or meet the rest of the team behind Anchal Project's success.