Post by Adam – Day 1 Village Tour

Our second day in India was spent getting to know the villages where we would be conducting our interviews. On our way, we picked up Saras, one of the most incredible woman I had ever met, and one of the co-founders of the Belaku Trust, the charity that set up the income-generation projects where the woman worked. She told her life story and how she had ended up creating the Belaku Trust in order to help the most desperate women from the poorest families. We visited a typical middle class home of one of the women in the rural area who was kind enough to allow us in to show us the living area, the kitchen, and the silk worms they keep in racks that create silk. One of the most striking things we talked about was the caste system. It struck me that such social divides still occurred in a society and country that was well on its way to becoming a developed countries. Finally we visited the original income-generation project, a paper making workshop run by some of the women. We were given a demonstration of how the original sheets of paper were made, using chemical dyes, water and the sun, with leaves added to make patterns. So simple but such a massive impact on these women’s lives.

The demonstration of how the paper is made. After this they are compressed to make on sheet

The demonstration of how the paper is made. After this they are compressed to make on sheet

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