Muthamma - Sewing Her Life Back Together
On June 8, 2008, a tailoring center began in the village of Thondkal with 20 students. Muthamma w/o Siddanna Doddamani was one of the women in the class. She was a poor widower who was living with her elderly mother-in-law and 12 year old daughter. Although they had one acre of land, they were not able to take care of it because there was no one to do it. In order to support her family, she had to work as a daily wage labourer on other people’s farms.
Ms. Doddamani went through the class, worked hard, and learned the skills necessary to support herself. Currently, she earns about Rs. 50 to 100 per day from the sewing she takes in. Her hope is to increase her earnings. She says, “I can use them to help my family with day to day needs like food, clothes, and my daughter’s school fees and books. Now I am secure because I have skills and am self employed. Because of this, I can support my family and give my daughter a good education. I can also look after my mother in-law.”
She thanks HCC for giving her a way to provide for her and her family.