Why we are collecting these funds:Due to second wave of COVID-19 and impending third wave as well has resulted in a sudden disruption of businesses in India and the Indian economy is not immune to this pandemic. The handloom sector has, too, been severely affected with their traditional and contemporary markets for artisans being totally closed. Handloom artisans are daily wage workers living on meager income and do not have long term savings or public benefits provided by the government on regular basis.Handloom textiles and crafts hold a special place in India’s cultural heritage; weaving being a source of livelihood for millions of families. Nowhere in the world can so many diverse weaving techniques be found together in one country. Prime hurdles that COVID-19 has caused resulting abrupt interruption to artisanal livelihoods. The sector has experienced sudden stalling of orders as retailers themselves are closed due to the worldwide lockdown and no signs of immediate recovery as the crisis unfolds.Cash flow has stopped, with buyers unable to make payments and no sales happening at all. Their handloom workers and their families in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat where they need urgent ration and medical supplies as they are out of it due to no money and it’s a moral responsibility as fellow humans to make sure that no other person due to adverse times and poverty caused by pandemic is deprived of food and basic medical necessities.To whom the funds will go to:It will go to the handloom workers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat etc. for basic food supplies and medical supplies/treatment.Who will make sure that the funds are used properly:Purvi Rathod (owner of Thumri Store) based out of Mumbai and Sarbhjeet Kaur (Owner of Articulate,US), who will be coordinating with the affected families by collecting their information and details (Aadhar information and address verification) will help us disburse the supplies.Purvi Rathod has done this in recent past as well by arranging food supplies and medical supplies for the handloom workers in Kutch, Gujarat, and Rajasthan due to limited funds she was only able to help few families however after contacting us (Sarbhjeet Kaur) and getting on to Milaap as the broader forum she thinks that we will be able to help a greater number of families.