Harkhuben Lakhabhai Rabari
I am Harkhuben Lakhabhai Rabari is inhabitant of Navasa village (Nakhatrana-Taluka) of Kutch district of Gujarat. I am allied with SEWA international from last Five years. In Navasa village most of the villagers worked as daily wagers in agricultural lands for their livelihood. Poverty becomes destiny of the villagers like me. In Navasa village as daily wages work was seasonal and apart from this there was lack of earning opportunity in the village.
Five year ago, Govind jee from SEWA International has visited our village. He told us that SEWA international want to Runa program for women development. He called us for a meeting and I came to know that SEWA is planning to open a center of embroidery learning in the village for development of women. Govind jee told that a Self Help Group of women’s will be formed in the village. It will be ensured that any women who learn embroidery will have work for every single day. In the village like Navasa having work every single day was more than anything to wish. But our question was this plan will work? We know embroidery but only for our domestic use. We were not profession than who will purchase our work. SEWA international provided us training under their Technical Training Program. In this training we learned about traditional Kutch embroidery, market trends, new color combination etc. Learning these new skills increased my earning. Now, I am to drawing Rs. 3000 to 3500/- from this work. I am also saving some money being part of Sanskar Sakhi Mandal and this gave me a sense of security for my future.