This is the seamstress that makes our totes! Sarita is a remarkable woman; she has an inviting smile and warm eyes that immediately says you are welcome. Vi came to know Sarita while on a missions stay in Nepal. Here is her story....
Sarita grew up in Kyamutar, an isolated hillside village in the Ghorkha district of Nepal. She went to a small Bible college where she met and married her husband Jit (also from Ghorkha). They have 2 children: Sharan and Sophia.
This young couple are first generation Christians, and therefore have been expelled from their family unit and village. So they settled in Kathmandu, where their home has become a house church for the poor and destitute people in Nepal. Jit works 2 jobs to be able to pay for food (mainly rice and vegetables) and shelter as he has no income from the church.
Sarita has a heart for women and children. She does what she can for those needing food and care, tends the sick, and prays with them. Her biggest wish is to be able to bring many children in from the hillside villages so they will be able to get an education.
One of our desires here at Gatherings is to help empower women in their own business. We knew that we wanted to have some tote bags made to help someone in Nepal and when Vi found out Sarita could sew it was a perfect fit.
In order to make these totes, Sarita walks to the market where she hand-picks each fabric made from the woven cloth in traditional Nepali patterns. Electricity is only occasionally available, so she sews during the daylight hours in her tiny kitchen where she has good light. Her sewing machine is a treadle machine so she can work whether the power is on or not.
With the money she has earned so far, Sarita has recently brought a small boy from the Chepang tribe village into her home so that he will be able to go to school and has also provided school supplies for the poor children in their church. Sarita and her husband have also taken in a couple of young adults needing a place to stay while attending their first year at college. Her hope is to be able to earn more so she can help many more children.
You can help us help Sarita by purchasing her totes. And with that purchase, we also use part of the proceeds to provide clean water to the people in Nepal. The purchase of each tote will supply water for 5 people for a whole year. Thank you for your support!