Know our artisans – Karamjeet Kaur

By Administrator on November 28, 2016

Her effervescent smile, infectious laughter,bright lip color and a warm personality camouflage her tormented past. Tears roll down her eyes as she talks about her bitter story.

She struggles to regain her composure as she narrates her strange yet not uncommon tale. Karamjeet was married to an alcoholic husband at 13, had her first child at 14, second child at 15 and lost her husband the same year to drugs and alcoholism. Her husband was only 17. She got remarried to her brother-in-law. At 35, she has four children, with the eldest having already graduated from college.

With her children grown up and some spare time at hand, she decided to get out of her house and do something just for herself. But, such choices are not really available to women like Karamjeet. Luckily for her, she heard about SabTera from neighbours, and on visiting the Khudda Ali Sher center, knew that this was the place for her. Telling her husband that she would learn the treasured ancient crafts, ‘Panja Dhurrie’ and ‘Azarband’ to help with the trousseau of their daughters, got her the required permission to join the Sabtera Livelihood team.

Having learnt the craft from senior artisans and our designer, Karamjeet happily shares that the few hours she spends at the centre rejuvenate her and help to forget her scary past and day-to-day household struggles. She loves that all the women can freely learn, laugh and earn all at the same time at SabTera centre.

When we look at their smiling faces, we feel that our first step at providing a means of economic independence and confidence to these ladies has been successful. But the job of empowering the primary care-givers from under-resourced communities is a big task. SabTera needs to touch the lives of many more ‘Karamjeets’ who are victims of child-marriage, alcohol abuse, gender discrimination, limited financial resources, and other such social evils.

The journey to empower disempowered communities has just begun…

//This is the first story in a series of stories that SabTera would be sharing about our artisans who are trying to carve a niche for themselves and want to inspire and empower other women in disempowered communities.


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