Himalayas Woman Munni

Munni

Namaste. My name is Munni, and I make bags for you. I live in a village nestled in the Indian Himalayas.

My day starts at 5 AM. I get up, make breakfast, send my two little children off to school and then head to the forest to collect firewood. I used to have long, hard days farming, but since I learned to stitch, I have a better life.

I love sitting in the sun with my friends, making tassels. It feels like we are all in this together. We support each other through life’s ups and downs. I used to rush into my day, often on an empty stomach. I now have more time, to eat breakfast, to take care of myself and to enjoy my children after school.

I sometimes wonder about the woman who buys the bags I make. If we ever met, I would say thank you repeatedly.

I used to dream about being a teacher. Or perhaps having an office job. But none of that was possible so now I stitch, so that my children can have a better future. Maybe one of them will even become a teacher.

Himalayas Woman Sara

Sara

My name is Sara, and I live all alone in the remote Himalayas because my husband left to find better work opportunities at a nearby village. He took our only son with him so that he could go to school there. I only see them once every two months.

I’ve been sewing for three years now. At first I did not even know how to sew a straight line! But I worked hard and pushed myself to get better and better and am so proud to see my income grow.

I used to tend to my cows and forage for firewood in the forest, without even taking the time to wash my face or comb my hair. Now I make the time to eat my meals and take care of my health.

Sewing has allowed me to worry less. I want you to know that with every bag I make, I keep improving my sewing skills, so that I can progress in my life. And perhaps one day see more of the world like you.

Next: Reflection, Remake’s Journey to the Himalayas ⇒

Ayesha Barenblat
Ayesha is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has spent the last decade working with brands, governments, and nonprofits to improve the lives of makers in global supply chains.