Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Visit to Shoshana Sewing Centre, Guntur

Pics from our visit on 22/1 to our very first Sewing Centre,Guntur. Guntur is 60km from Chirala and it is very famous for chilly production and it has a chilli yard which is one of the biggest in Asian countries.

First we visited the sewing centre at Rajiv Gandhi nagar. Nirmala is the stitching instructor. She has been working with us from the beginning i.e from 2000.For the last 11years she is running the centre at Nehru nagar, Guntur and recently she moved to Rajiv Gandhi nagar, Guntur.

Till now Nirmala has more than 120 students who got trained in tailoring and embroidery and  majority of them are successful in helping themselves and their families.

Nirmala had students from different financial backgrounds and family situations ofcourse all of them were needy. She encouraged them and helped them to get settled in life without any bias.

In the present batch she has 8students.One of them is a deaf and dumb girl.Her name is Mercy. She is around 20yrs of age. She is from a very poor family. Father is a daily worker and mother is a housewife.

She has one younger sister and brother who has the same problem. She finished her 10th in a special school meant for challenged people.Her parents couldn't afford to send her to further studies so they joined her in our sewing centre with the hope that she could live on her own after finishing the training.

  Later we met Nirmala's daughter Kamala and her husband.
Kamala was a kid when Nirmala started working in the sewing centre and now she is also ready to work with us. Kamala is a trained nurse and she also got training in embroidery and painting.  She is married recently and she has small children. She has to stay away from her hospital work for a few years to take care of her children so meanwhile she wanted to utilize her time in training the needy women in her area with her knowledge in embroidery and painting. She was showing us some of her samples.

Nirmala was showing us her vegetable garden and before we leave we had a group picture with the women.

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