“I am a very proud father. Reshma, my youngest daughter, weaves beautiful carpets. I have no hesitation in saying that her work of art is even better than mine. Ours is a poor artisan family. Till recently I was the only earning member with seven mouths to feed. Endless number of days we had to stay hungry as there was no money in the house to buy food. Sewapuri is a very remote village, about 35 kilometre away from Varanasi. I would rarely get orders for carpet making and had very limited information about market linkages or Government subsidies. But Reshma is very smart. Her eagerness and agility helped her to get in touch with HWA. They not only selected her for skill development training but have also linked her to the markets. There was no looking back from there. She now earns approximately Rs.5000 per month. There is a regular flow of income in the family, which at the very least ensures that we do not go to bed hungry anymore. Reshma’s siblings also help her with her work and she also helps them learn new designs and techniques. I hope my daughter continues to learn and reaches even greater heights.” Rashid, father of Reshma Bano, Varanasi.