TMA is dedicated to uplifting the quality of life in impoverished areas of the Thane District of India. We accomplish this through programs in education, health and economic development that lead to self-sufficiency.
Cottage Industries & Income Generation
TMA has joined its Indian partner's efforts to bring income generating programs to rural villages.
MURIEL MANNING TAILORING SCHOOL
For the past five years, tailoring classes have been offered through TMA's partner in Nimboli, Shree Nityananda Education Trust (SNET). To date, about 80 women have graduated in tailoring and dress making class of six months. This qualifies the Adivasi tribal women for a subsidy of a sewing machine if they are lucky enough to have their name drawn in a lottery. About half of the women eventually receive a machine this way.
NIMBOLI WOMEN'S ART WORKSHOP
For the past year, TMA's two partners, SNET, and Parivartan Mahila Sanstha has opened a Women's Art Workshop that employs 15 women 6-8 hours a day to make hand made patchwork quilts, coiled rope baskets, purses, and hats, yo yo quilts and dolls, and women's garments. Women who live far from the workshop are given piece work to sew by hand and bring to the workshop weekly.
ONLINE STORE FRONT THROUGH ETSY.COM
The workshop has an online store front through Etsy.com. Please do visit it and support our partner's efforts to become self-sustaining through selling its beautiful handmade items. Padukas:
GANESHPURI HOUSE OF ART AND CRAFTS
A gallery of arts and crafts opened in December 2013 to provide artisans and food preparers a store front to sell their wares. The store is limited to selling only those things that are made locally. A team of artists select the items and artists who can show in the store. The store is committed to showing quality and originality. 75% of the profits go to the artist, and 25% goes to the maintenance of the shop.
VOLUNTEER ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS PROVIDE TRAINING
Anne Godfrey of Rose Circles (www.rosecircles.org) provided a three day training in patchwork quilt making for our partner in Ganeshpuri. 20 women attended and learned the theory and practice of making a beautiful patchwork quilt. Anne has taught five other NGOs how to become self sustaining through quilt making in the state of Maharashtra.
Anne is working closely with the NImboli workshop to train the ladies to also make a few of her garments for her latest collection, which she markets in Australia.
Other artists are also offering their time to teach color combining, quality control, finishing and detail, doll and stuffed animals and western garments.
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