As a small child, Gauri made paper bags out of newspaper, using flour waste from a mill as glue, and sold them to shops for a few coins. Her father was ill and the family was so poor that Gauri did what she could to help out and improve her situation. After leaving school at 10th Standard, she convinced a local sewing school to waive their fee so that she could learn a useful skill.
When she heard about Nirmaan Collective, she was confident that she could do the work and earn a living. After joining, she was diligent in attending meetings, participating in social programs, and generally embracing any opportunities that came her way. She is now the Manager of the group of 35 artisans.
Her lifelong determination and ambition helped her become what she is today: a woman who is a leader at work and in her community. Her success has enabled her to build a strong, happy family. Her children were able to continue their own education to achieve their ambitions of becoming professional accountants.