Meet Bi Shannaz Ara
"My life is difficult as I am a widow. I stay with my mother but cannot be a burden on her as I also have a four-year-old child. There is an acute shortage of regular work as I have little professional skills. However, the introduction of ribbon stitching and related yarn work has come like an elixir of life for me. Now without any harsh working conditions, I can earn quite a lot per day. I take care of my child at the same time and provide him food and medical care at a satisfactory level. My plight has inspired other women of my locality and seeing the change in my life they too are attempting to get this job as it is safe and like a regular cottage industry job. It has the potential of changing the lives of rural women and children."
Because of you, Darn Good Yarn has been able to help people like her and make an impact in their life. Our goal for next year is to employ even more people like Bi Shannaz Ara who are in desperate need of sustainable employment.
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How You Can Help
In Nepal and India, where some people live on less than $2 a day, moving out of poverty is often only possible when charities step in. Darn Good Yarn was started because we believe in providing empowerment to these people—specifically, the ones who face gender and caste discrimination every day. In Darn Good Yarn’s case, empowerment comes from creating marvelous, high-quality yarn from reclaimed materials. The people we work with are not only supporting themselves but their families as well.
This year we want to focus on giving back and we need your help.
For every 1,000 new subscribers to our Yarn of the Month Club, we can employ 1 artisan for an entire year. Consider subscribing or gifting a subscription to someone in your life!
- One skein of premium, hand-dyed recycled yarn
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- A monthly 35% OFF coupon code that can be used on (ALMOST)* everything
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- 2X karma points on all purchases
- A full color insert featuring our artisans that you directly support
- Unique & exclusive subscription add-on offers for members only - updated monthly
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