Mahadevi Vasanth Bhandari, married to Vasanth Bhandari is a 27 year old woman from Belgaum, Karnataka, India. She first learned how to do Kasuti embroidery through Vijayalaxmi Kammar, an artisan who has been working with Kasuti for over 20 years. Mahadevi has no children as of now and thus has some fewer expenses than some of her neighboring peers. Though, from what she does earn, it primarily goes towards the purchases of different medicines for her family. Her family’s combined household income is roughly 6000 Indian Rupees a month in which she contributes roughly a third of this income through her monthly earnings with Kasuti embroidery work. Through her own initiatives to apply her skills she has been able to generate a substantial economic difference towards her family’s livelihood and comfort.
Nanda Suresh Uppar, married to Suresh Uppar, is a 29 year old woman from Hubli, Karnataka, India. She also learned how to do Kasuti embroidery from Vijayalaxmi Kammar, an artisan who has been working with Kasuti for over 20 years. Nanda has two children, Sagar and Kishen who are both attending school. Their monthly tuition is 280 Indian Rupees per child and they each have an annual admission fee of 800 rupees. Her family’s combined household income is roughly 8000 rupees and she contributes roughly one quarter of this income through her monthly earnings with Kasuti embroidery work. As a result of her hard work, she is able to provide a monthly savings for her family of roughly 1500 Rupees. From what they do not save, the money is largely spent on their children. Through her hard work and acquired skills, she has been able to create her family’s first financial cushion; providing greater opportunities particularly for their children’s futures.