Uma Sanjeev Vartha: Supervisor and Embroidery Artisan, Ranphul Mahila Mandal
Uma had many challenges in her life. After her father, brother and husband died she was left on her own caring for 2 children, her paralyzed mother, and her widowed mother–in–law. With little education, she had trouble finding work to support everyone. When she joined Ranphul Mahila Mandal she discovered a place where women are valued for their dedication and ambition. Uma was more than willing to take on the responsibility of making a new group succeed. In fact, she showed a natural ability to lead, and trained as a supervisor. She has been able to handle disputes, finances, and priorities. To manage the travel her job requires, she saved up for a down payment on a scooter. Of course, only after carefully calculating that she could handle the payments.