I say this to support the statement given by Parvathi, who is a woman with a deformed ear and mouth.

Her disability posed lots of challenges to her as well as her family, as the opportunities provided then were very little or nothing at all, and she was someone who didn’t know how to move forward in life, till she got herself acquainted to Disability Entrepreneurship And Leadership (DEAL) Foundation.

Despite all odds and ends, she has successfully completed the training on tailoring provided by us and is now able to confidently stich varieties of clothes which has helped her and is now able to make an earning out of it. It wasn’t easy for her as she needed to pay a lot of attention and concentrate hard on whatever was been told due to her disability, but she persevered, remained confident, and focused which helped her accomplish the task. She didn’t stop just there, but with the help of her husband, and financial assistance from the bank, owns a buffalo out of which she is able to sell milk which also is an additional income to support her family. 

She puts across strongly that, disability shouldn’t be a barrier for one to move forward in life. The only thing to keep in mind is confidence and the courage which she proudly acknowledges that was given to her by us.

Therefore it is rightly said that tailoring is a good sustainable livelihood opportunity for those looking for one.

Tailoring also has a number of benefits like; it is a great source of stress relief, as it encourages mindfulness and reduces stress and anxiety. The meditative action of sewing encourages positivity and feelings of relaxation. Being forced to concentrate on one particular task enables one to become immersed in a situation and truly unwind. It helps in improved hand-eye coordination.

If one is keen to enhance your motor skills, sewing does just that; especially hand-eye-coordination. The attention to detail that sewing requires encourages coordination and relieves physical issues such as back pain.

 It also helps towards brain growth: Sewing requires creativity, which improves the brain’s ability to grow new brain cells. As mental deterioration is a result of lost connection between neurons, sewing promotes mental growth. It is a great source of happiness.

Like other craft activities, sewing increases dopamine in the brain, which makes us feel more positive.

It fights dementia: Because sewing helps one remember specific steps, it works the brain and keeps the mind clear, focused and active. This can help prevent dementia as one grows older.

One can get ones choice of quality materials: it’s the best fit one will get as one has the freedom to choose the exact style and pattern of clothes. The clothes will last longer as they are hand stitched and thus will save money in the long run

(Source: mindfood.com, popxo.com)

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