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Urmila

Neemkheda Centre

Joined Kumbaya in 2006

When Urmila’s father fell ill and her family had to sell off their land, she started coming to Kumbaya for work. Urmila had previously heard about Nivedita Didi and SPS, and her husband has been working at Kumbaya for 15 years. Because Urmila’s in-laws worked as tailors, she was able to gain prior experience with stitching through them, but she faced similar issues with the tailoring business in her village. Since joining Kumbaya, Urmila is extremely grateful that wages are fair and year-round, unlike the variable stitching work in her village that is highly dependent on seasons and festivals. Like many of the producers, Urmila has gained strength and courage through Kumbaya, and she says she’s open to a lot more challenges.