In pics: Visually-impaired women in Mumbai light up homes this Diwali
Fifteen visually-impaired women have been quietly working in a small workshop in south Mumbai’s Reay Road to light up homes this Diwalimumbai Updated: Oct 26, 2016 16:35 IST
Fifteen visually-impaired women have been quietly working in a small workshop in Mumbai’s Reay Road to light up homes this Diwali.
The National Association for the Blind (NAB), an NGO that works with them, buys plain, earthen diyas — or hand-made lamps — from a potter in Dharavi.
The women paint, decorate and package the diyas, which are then sold to corporate houses such as Air India, ahead of the festival of lights.
“For our work, we each get between Rs8,000 and Rs14,000 a month,” said one of them.
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The Women from the NGO also make rakhis for the Indian Army and accept orders for weddings.
Started in 1992, NAB has been creating jobs for women who struggle to find employment because of their disability. The NGO approaches families of visually-impaired girls, invites them to attend workshop and even trains some of them to paint and package the diyas. The NGO also helps girls set up their own stalls.