Sambhali Trust Graduates Sewing Centre
Sambhali Trust is a grass-roots charitable organisation in Rajasthan, India, whose aim is to empower disadvantaged women and girls through providing a basic education and a vocational training in Sewing and Embroidery. At present Sambhali runs sixteen projects including seven empowerment centres where these women undertake a one-year course, after which time they have the potential to use their sewing skills in their community to earn an income.
Sambhali has also developed two Sewing Centres since 2009, employing twenty-five women. They produce garments, accessories, soft toys and gift items for the Sambhali Boutique in the centre of Jodhpur as well as items for international orders.
Before arriving at Sambhali, all these women have been restricted in realising their potential either through lack of schooling because of cultural norms, little opportunity for women in a patriarchal society or the necessity to provide for a family with little income being provided by their husbands. Having the opportunity to work in the Sewing Centres and earn a steady monthly income has not only transformed their ability to provide a better living for themselves and their families, it has also given them self-worth and confidence in their abilities, pride in what they produce and the freedom to enjoy what they do on a daily basis.
These are the women creating our garments, below are their personal stories.