Darshana Hemade is an embroidery artisan at Raanphool Mahila Mandal Cooperative. Embroidery is only one of the many activities in her jam-packed day. Aside from cooking and cleaning at home, her day is filled with tasks which contribute to her family's welfare. She wants to ensure that her children, Mansee (13) and Kritesh (10) get a good education.
In early mornings she picks flowers for sale, delivering fragrant jasmine or vibrant hibiscus to the vendor by 8 a.m. She gets the best prices during festivals and wedding season. Twice a day she is at her father-in-law's dairy, packing fresh milk into bags for delivery to the customers. Next up is a shift teaching at the anganwadi or preschool center. Later she may go to her mother's small farm to help pick the ripe vegetables.
Afternoon is also the time to do her embroidery assignments. She enjoys staying at the workshop to sew, for the sake of both efficiency and companionship. To fit in all these activities, Darshana has to be able to travel from place to place. In her semi-rural community there is little public transportation, so she bought her own scooter and now enjoys zipping between her many jobs.