Earning financial independence
The artisans' discussion meetings have dealt with many subjects, from real life issues to more philosophical topics. When the subject has been Independence, the talks touch on both: fairness and practical applications. For Nanda Devi, Independence has meant that she has been able to earn and take care of her children, seeing them settle into productive and satisfying lives. She does not want her health issues to interfere: "I have been earning all my life and want to continue having my financial independence."