“If you want to go quickly go alone, if you want to go far go together” – African Proverb
In 2012, we opened a sewing school in a separate slum in Sector 4 Faridabad, 30km south of Delhi. The aim of this venture was to create an income-generating, self-supporting business for slum women by providing them with a skill. After a bumpy start involving beaten earth floors and rusty machines, we built a workroom in December 2013 and started “production” for good in January 2014. The bracelets and bags made by our slum ladies are distributed in the La Fiancée du Mékong outlets and franchises in France. Material used comes from La Fiancée’s suppliers in Jaipur.
From an original group of 6, today 20 women come to work every morning and earn a regular salary that is literally life-changing. Vishy and Kranti Bandhu, founders of the sewing centre, also run a school on the same site and in September 2016 they opened a Medical Centre to treat the women and children who attend our projects. 50 patients attend the clinic every day and our seen by two doctors. We need your support here for paying salaries, supplying equipment and infrastructure such as water tanks and medical items. Vishy is currently looking for new premises to open a bigger medical centre and a kindergarten. This will become one of our main objectives in 2017 and 2018.