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St. Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra

St. Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra

Artisans with St. Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra use their traditional skills to create beautiful Gujarati embroidery featuring mirror-work and peacock, elephant, flower and fern motifs. Artisans use locally produced thread and hand-loomed cotton. Approximately 400 women are employed full-time, and another 100 part-time, many working from home as they care for their children. Nearly 40% of these women are the primary wage earners for their families. St. Mary's is an intentional mix of Christian, Hindu, and Muslim artisans who work together and share in decision-making and project management. The women also have access to medical care, savings plans, sewing education, cooking classes and scholarships for children.