A Day at Samoolam, Gaya, Bihar

A Day at Samoolam, Gaya, Bihar

A Day at Samoolam, Gaya, Bihar

It is 11 am on a warm sunny day in a cosy neighbourhood in Gaya. A bunch of women in colourful saris, bangles and sindoor walk through the by lanes to reach their place of work—a cemented house with floor mats. Sitting on them, sipping hot chai, they share their life stories and gossip. But their fingers furiously work away making threaded crochet elements. Some lunch and another round of chai later the leader collects and takes stock of the handcrafted items. Each piece made calls for some earning. With smiles on their faces and dough tucked into their pouches they walk back home, a tad more empowered than the previous month.