India – Dayanand Hand Loom

Many people around Miraj, India, are affected by Hansen’s disease (formerly known as leprosy).  Although they’ve been treated and cured, they have been left handicapped and unable to secure employment. Weaving handicraft products such as bags, bookmarks, and placemats provides a source of income as well as a sense of accomplishment.  We are honored to be part of helping people who are often marginalized share their incredible gifts and their artful weaving.

Dayanand Hand Loom Group is the livelihood group started almost 15 years ago to provide sustainable income for people in Miraj.  Dayanand is a Hindi word meaning “kindness” or “joy” and reflects the fact that the group is not simply about finances.  Dayanand has also provided literacy classes at the workshop.