Causegear Leather Journal

Artisan Organization: Causegear

Country: India

Causegear pays its crafters a wage 5 times the norm and provides a loving, supportive environment for them to work in.

To meet Saima you wouldn't immediately know the weight she has carried for her family. Her beautiful smile and eager heart don't show the weight at first, but every woman has a story and Saima is no exception. She's the oldest of 4 sisters. She lives in a culture where girls are often felt to be a burden on their families until the family can save enough money to marry them into another family--where once again they become dependents.

Saima has disproved that theory. She worked very hard to finish school, but her father is very elderly and her mother has paralysis. This meant Saima had to find some source of income, but where? These are the stories of desperate women who often end up in human trafficking and abuse. Thankfully, Saima was introduced to Village Artisan, where she was told she would not only learn skills and earn a wage, but she would be in a safe environment where she could be empowered and taught life skills. Her family is so proud of her! The need is still great with three younger sisters at home and both parents sick, but there is joy and hope in her days now. A quick learner, she now makes CAUSEGEAR products and knows her future looks brighter than ever before as she continues to earn a fair wage and grow in skills and courage daily.