Voice of Change
Reviving SUF Handicrafts
Kavitaben Sachinbhai Ganatra is part of a group of women who make different handicrafts in order to earn their livelihood. Kavitaben Sachinbhai Ganatra has the sole expertise in SUF Handicraft. SUF is traditional handicraft of Kutch, Gujrat in which painstaking embroidery is created based on the geometric figure triangle. However, due to lack of patrons, Kavitaben stopped making this handicraft. Kavitaben, with the help of Adani Foundation started a Self-Help Group named Aarambh, where 20 women are being trained by her in SUF Handicrafts in order to earn a livelihood.
Sewing her aspiration, becoming an inspiration
Savitriben Rathod from Surat, Gujarat is suffering from polio since birth but this never stopped her from achieving her goal. She knew how to stitch and was supported by her family. But things changed after her marriage, because her in-laws were reluctant to let her earn. However, her husband stood beside her through all odds. Savitriben enrolled herself in Retails Sales Associate course at the Adani Skill Development Centre. She learnt handling business and entrepreneurship through the course.
Today, Savitriben owns a tailoring shop and also trains two students in her shop.
Leading by example to inspire others
Meghna from Mota Kapaya village, Kutch district faced many obstacles in her life before becoming self-reliant. Her father is a landless laborer and the sole wage earner in the family. The family couldn’t afford a single full meal in a day. Due to financial crisis, Meghna had to stop her studies mid-way. With the help of Adani Foundation, Meghna started a Self- Help Group named “Tejasvi Saheli Group”. This Self- Help Group was formed to uplift the situation of women like Meghna in the village. The members of the group are primarily engaged in stitching. Today, Meghna has bought a scooter for herself and is now able to stock up rice for herself and her family.