While we love showing you all of the action behind the scenes while Bajalia is on-air with HSN, we can’t help but take time to highlight the artisans behind the jewelry. We recently sent out a handful of questions and asked our producers to capture artisan responses so we might better understand their lives and perspectives on the work they do. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them and seeing the way that your partnership with us is truly changing the world!
Meet N* – she is a Bajalia artisan living in India. We love seeing her here handcrafting our “Kumari” necklace!
B: If you might change anything about your life, what would it be?
N: I would change that incidence when my husband met with the accident and became physically disabled. That moment completely changed my life.
B: How has your life changed since you started working?
N: Since I started working, I have become a self-dependent woman who can take care of and give a good upbringing and education to my children. Empowerment gives me strength, hope for living and made me a self-confident person.
B: Have there been any changes in the lives of your children?
N: Yes, at the time my family was struggling to fulfill physiological needs such as food, shelter and clothes due to my husband’s disability. We weren’t able to fulfill our basic needs because no one was working and there was no source of income. I didn’t give up because my daughters were kids and had their whole lives to live, their education, career and marriage. All of these things were in my mind and encouraged me to do something for my family.
I chose to work as an artisan and started doing handicraft work. Because of this work, I was able to give my daughters an education.
B: What brings you the most joy in your life?
N: My work and spending time with my family–especially time with my grandson.
B: Think about your village. What is something you would love to see change there?
N: I want people to treat their daughters as similar to their sons, with equal potential. There should be no bias between boy and girl. They should be treated equal.
*We have decided not to disclose our artisan’s names in order to keep their identities confidential.