Dignified, graceful and full of life, Bhachiben from Vauva, Patan, the founding member of SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre, embodies all things beautiful. Over 80 years old, she has led a life filled with experiences as rich as the embroidery she has perfected. One of the most wonderful aspects of Bhachiben is that she not only passes down her precious craft through generations, but has also expanded its horizons to include SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre women members from other communities as well. Making both her and Ahir embroidery a legacy to be cherished and a means of livelihood.
"I learnt the art of Ahir from my maasi when I was 12. I began by decorating homes and trousseaus in exchange for some vessels and other household goods. But, when I eventually understood the potential of this craft, when I became a member of SEWA's Trade Facilitation Centre, it became more than my livelihood. It became my life and my passion. It exhilarated me, set me free. And I want many, many more women to feel the way I do… experience economic freedom."