This scarf is not made by hand. It’s made by ambition, on a machine, bought with savings, that was earned with profit. It’s made by going further.
Meet Lakhimuni Murmu
On a recent trip to India, Trickle Up staff were fortunate enough to meet Lakhimuni Murmu, a Trickle Up participant who was very excited to show us her goats and vegetable garden she had purchased with her Trickle Up grant.
“Didi” is a term of endearment in India meaning “older sister.”
First, she showed us her goats. When we visited in September 2010, she had purchased three pregnant goats with her Trickle Up grant. Lakhimuni used another portion of her grant to install the bamboo frames we just passed under for hanging vegetables.
Her vegetable garden, filled with eggplants.
Creepers are crops like gourds and eggplants grown to sell for profit.
Before we left, Lakhimuni surprised us with a photo we took of her and her husband when we visited her last year.
Poverty is isolation. It is hunger and instability. It’s a cycle that’s hard to break. That’s why we work harder. We work smarter on the plan and on the ground. We go further.
Mungli Lohar is a leader in her community. She has partnered with Trickle Up to teach women in her community how to use smartphones to lift them out of poverty.