Bapatla is a small town in the coastal area of Bay of Bengal. It belongs to Guntur district.
It has been 10yrs since we started working together. She has been working at different places in A.P, training needy women. Firstly we started in Khammam District, then to Krishna district and now Bapatla is in Guntur district. Specially the driver's colony where most of the economically backward people are living.
We were moving around the area visiting some of our previous students who are working on their own.
The lady on the sewing machine is Pallavi. She is married and has small children. Her husband is running a small provision shop which is the only income source for them. She has been helping her husband in their work but it was difficult for them to run their family with that income. When Manjula started working for the women in their area she utilized the chance of getting trained in tailoring and now she is working on her own besides running their shop.