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From being a trainee to being a trainer.

Devakka comes from the village of Mevundi in Gadag District and has a physical disability. Being interested in apparels and sewing, she successfully completed her foundation training at the DEAL Foundation Apparels and Tailoring Unit in Mevundi.

 Speaking about her time as a trainee Devakka said; “It is great to have this opportunity to train in apparel design and sewing at my doorstep. For me this is God sent. I have been able to meet new people, make friends with like-minded people who share the same interest as me. We not only get the opportunity to learn new things, but also have a good time. I have found my time over here to be very enjoyable and productive.  COVID has of course disrupted this routine; I cannot wait to get back with the group”.

Devakka produces interior home decor, bags, and women’s ware products. She helps out at the DEAL Foundation Apparels and Tailoring Unit as a resource person teaching other women with disabilities tailoring skills to help them gain financial independence.

Devakka’s dream is to join hands with likeminded persons to create an apparel and textile social enterprise. Supported by Uma Shirol, Livelihoods Programme Manager and her colleagues at DEAL Foundation, Devakka is on her way to make this dream come true.