Mariam Mai

Mariam Mai a resident of Bahawalpur Basti Khalilabad. A resilient spirit with great sensitivity of seeing, listening and responding to omens present in situations that guide her to create future for her family that is full opportunities. Financial family constraints led to an early marriage to 16-year-old boy who was still finding his own footing in life. Not to let things fall apart, Mariam Mai responded to the situation with care and compassion by beginning a home-based venture of stitching clothes and working with livestock. The generated income helped her support her son up to matriculation. Mariam Mai shares how livestock is a huge asset which helped her in buying books for her son’s education and compiling 1 lac rupees for her husband’s deteriorating health operation. Omens were waiting to be seen and materialized. It was during this time that Mariam Mai came in contact with Kaarvan Crafts Foundation and slowly expanded her existing home-based embroidery further. Now, Mariam Mai has 16 girls working for her at her home. She makes 15 products for income on monthly bases and sells it to retailers.