Thousands of widows in India are abandonded by their own children. In Varanasi alone, there are 10,000-30,000 widows. A lot of them are illiterate.
The pamphlet below describes how the widows are learning skills so that they can survive. They make jewellery, papercrafts, and learn to sew, and make bakery goods. Some of the jewellery,scarfs and other things were on sale that morning, and many ladies purchased goods.
It is so humbling to hear about the reality of life in that country. It really puts things into perspective when you hear about so many, who have so little. A lot of the things we worry over, or stress about, are really so very petty when you hear about the lives of others.
This cushion cover, which was all made by hand, came home with me, and I just need to find an insert to go inside it.