This article was originally published in the October 2017 edition of ITMI Monthly.
ITMI’s David and Taru Kumar minister in a Muslim slum in Bangalore, India. Their years of service in this area have given them unique favor and access to this somewhat closed-off people group.
One of the biggest challenges the families of this slum face is that the women are prohibited from working outside the slum by their husbands, who often gamble or drink away their own meager earnings.
Meanwhile, the household’s women and children - often numbering the double digits - are left with little to survive.
One aspect of David and Taru’s ministry is teaching women from the slum to sew. This gives them the ability to earn money without leaving the slum.
While ITMI’s Steve Evers was there, he noticed a macrame bag, and commissioned the women to make a batch of them.
Taru taught and hired a group of women to make the bags.
Taru teaching one of the women to make the macromae bags.
The women can earn 150 rupees a day for making the bags. This is a vast improvement. One of the women was earning 40 rupees a day peeling garlic.
Shahnaz was peeling garlic for sixty-two cents a day.
Sixty-four rupees is one dollar.
The women are more than elated. They are making many times more income and learning a skill they can continue using!
About the Authors
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.