Raj's Women's Day fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
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This Women's Day, I am fundraising to empower artisans and traditional crafts of Gujarat


Chandrikaben comes from a family, which for generations in the Pattan district of Gujarat, has practiced Mashru-cotton crafts. The land of Gujrat is a dazzling kaleidoscope of such traditional crafts. Works of ari, matti, mashru, appliqué are about not only vibrant colors and exquisite designs but also the tale of the land and its people – a part of Gujrat’s history and its heart resides in those threads. However, changing economic times led many like Chandrikaben abandon this craft, and to venture out for a stable job. Today after nine years, she spins the magic again as fabrics come alive in the dazzle of colors – the colors that were once made to rejuvenate the spirits of a desert traveler today are reviving the very history those have been a part of. Her little one, eight years old looks all amazed and is getting ready to take this tale forward.
Gramshree has provided Chandrikaben a complete ecosystem to get back to her tradition - training, raw materials, new-age designs, and critical marketing support. In the last 6 years, under the careful guidance Chandrikaben is not only finding a way back to her roots, but also gearing up to establish her own micro-enterprise. Gramshree believes that an ecosystem of such grassroot entrepreneurs will become the catalyst for larger societal change one day. Chandrikaben needs a low cost loan to purchase the raw yarn and enhancement of basic equipments to increase production. Part of the costs of transportation to nearby markets, and marketing in upcoming exhibitions will also be covered by the loan. We need your help to give these artisans the respect they deserve, and to preserve a part of our history!

Who we are helping

Ilaben Girdharlal
$258 raised

Goal: $250

Supporters (1)

Montpelier lent Rs.15,500