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In Purdilpur, India, rural artisans have been crafting beautiful glass beads for over a century. This art form serves as a vital source of livelihood for hundreds of artisan families in the region. However, in recent years, these makers have faced significant challenges, including intense competition and irregular work, prompting many to seek alternative employment.
Our partner Tara Projects discovered that poverty in Purdilpur had led many children to work as child laborers in the glass bead industry, hindering their education. In 2004, Tara established a learning center to encourage school attendance. Today, the center supports over 150 children annually, aiding their education. While the situation has improved, ongoing support is crucial for these children to continue their schooling. Tara's efforts have empowered many artisan families, with most children now attending school, and some even pursuing university education.
In 2023, India surpassed China to become the most populous country in the world, with 1.4 billion people. Its people represent incredible cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity, as do the country’s 28 states. India has made great contributions to higher math, is the home of chess, and boasts the world's largest film industry (Bollywood). The country has a rich history of handcrafts dating back to 5000 BC, including techniques like weaving, pottery, jewelry-making, and metalworking.
Stories of Flourishing
UrmilaUrmila's journey is a testament to her strength and resilience. Despite societal challenges, she is determined to ensure her five children receive an education. Learning the art of glass bead making alongside her husband, she has contributed to their family's livelihood for over fifteen years. Together, they have weathered many hardships, including the recent impact of COVID-19. Their dedication and perseverance reflect the transformative power of artisan craft in creating sustainable change for families like theirs.