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Skills bring change. For Maya from Dewas in rural Madhya Pradesh, skills brought not just change, but a whole new life too. Maya was the mother of her children and a homemaker looking at life from under the ghoongat, (a traditional way the sari-end veils the face). Change arrived in the form of Hand in Hand India’s workshops for women to make handcrafted bags. Here, our skill training extended beyond just imparting skill, we also encouraged gender-equality workshops to help lift the veil. Maya’s new identity is that of a woman entrepreneur and also a mentor to many women like her. She smiles broadly for a photograph, but not from under her ghoongat.


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