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Our Saree Baskets are one of our best selling items. Sunita designed our baskets with lids. She does beautiful work and we went to her home to see how she makes them.
Sunita lives in a tin shed slum with thousands of others. Most homes have no running water so the women must collect water in pots on their heads each day and carry it home. The only electricity is stolen directly off the open wires. An electrical shock would be deadly. They are thankful to have a light bulb to work by night though.
Sunita makes baskets for The White Peacock as a way to earn income. She has 4 children of her own and must be at home caring for them. For years her family suffered trying to live on one income. Her husband is a labourer and brings home less than $3 a day. It's isn't enough for her family to live on. Through her business she is able to earn twice as much as her husband! Thank you for purchasing her baskets. You have literally tripled her families income, allowed them to get some needed medical care, send their children to school and go to bed with food in their stomachs. What a difference a basket can make!
Each basket is made from recycled sarees that are first cut into strips. Next straw is used to tightly wrap around sticks before wrapping in saree fabric. It is tedious work that puts blisters on your hands but Sunita does it quickly and beautifully. More importantly, she does it with a smile on her face in the comfort of her own home watching her children work on their homework for the day. She has learned that her skills CAN help her support her family- thanks to you!
You can purchase one of her creations for your home.