It all started when ...
Geeta Rani, 18, was unable to complete secondary school due to her family’s inability to pay. “I had to discontinue my studies after [Intermediate],” she explained. Geeta’s plight is common in rural villages across India -- women are more likely to discontinue their studies than their male classmates due to financial constraint and family obligation.
In 2016, Geeta and eleven other women from TahTajpur, Uttar Pradesh, India earned their advanced certification in sewing. Together they formed the Raj Lakshmi Center, operating on a contract basis sewing clothes, bags and scarves."Now that I earn money on my own, I have joined B.A classes," Geeta proudly tells us.
In the summer of 2017, we met the Raj Lakshmi team through our work with Mrida Group, a social business venture based in New Delhi, India. Mrida implements sustainable rural development schemes across India, including TahTajpur.
We have partnered with Mrida and the Raj Lakshmi Center with the mission to help generate income for our tailors and further support village development.