Meeting with the Navratan women's self-help group outside of Baap. They are saving 500Rs/ month and have accumulated 8,000 Rs in savings. They were wonderful...and asked me to stay with them permanently. They are Bishnoi women (you can tell by the huge gold nose ring attached to the ear by a chain.) Bishnois are an OBC (other backward caste)and enjoy a higher social status than many of the groups we work with (OBC is above scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.)

Also, Bishnois are evidently really into nature. They breast-feed gazelles. I kid you not.

1 comment:

Molly McNutt said...

Do all the women have to have those nose ring things once they reach a certain age? I love how colorful everybody's clothes are. Well done on the pics and captions!