Latest pics from Shoshana sewing centre, Gaddipadu - Guntur.
Sewing projects are running as usually after the Covid lockdown. Usually the duration of the sewing class takes 8 months to one year but it was taking more time than usual due to the lock downs and as the women are not gathering in group. Each one was having seperate timings . Now the situation came to normal for the last few months and the women are having their regular sewing classes.
Coming to the present group of women - All five of them are school drop outs, one is married and the remaining four are single. Helping in household work. Parents are workers(sweepers) in local municipality. Coming from economically backward sections these women have no other alternate income source except working as daily workers because of the less educational qualification.
These women want to be independent and have their own way of decent living. The instructors are encouraging them and helping them to learn as much as they can and eventually provide them with a sewing machine to start their own shop or referring them to a tailor shop where they could find work.
The instructor Mrs. Nirmala has been a part of Shoshana for the last 20 years and ever since she has been teaching hundreds of women to be independent. Happy to see that the sewing centre is still running successfully helping women for their self help. Shoshana - Germany made it possible all these years helping hundreds of families for their self help.