Today's post in our "Meet the Makers" series comes to us from our new partner, Mata Traders. (Read more here about this amazing fair-trade fashion business and why we're so excited to work with them.)
Rosy, a member of one of Mata Traders' partner cooperatives, is part of a large and vibrant Indian family. When she joined the coop, Rosy hadn't sewn before and was bound by Indian gender traditions — her husband made her wear a sari to cover her head and was skeptical about her new job. She started out sewing bags by hand, but was promoted when the cooperative realized that she was such a hard worker. She became a supervisor and kept moving up until becoming an assistant production manager.
Rosy has earned more than a living wage — she's earned the respect of her family. Her husband now supports her work and appreciates her new modern wardrobe. She's a true role model for the women in her village. With the help of her wages, Rosy's sons went to college and she recently purchased her own home.
Success stories like this are common with the partners we work with, like Mata Traders, who recognize the roadmap to sustainable livelihoods involves providing living wages for individuals who are making essential contributions to our global economy.
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