The day will come, when I write a book about Balli.
Her grace, her strength, her ability to love and her ability to grief, taught me lessons I still have to digest and fully comprehend.
Balli was the first young lady, who was ready to work with me.
`Me` equals an image of a strange white Person, trying to survive in the buffer zone of a Tiger reserve and simultaneously build a sustainable social enterprise.
She did not know how to stitch or work with the sewing machine. I knew a tiny little bit more then she did, but really just a tiny little bit. She spoke only Hindi and I spoke only english. Chances of starting a successful business venture were rather slim.
Balli has four sisters but two of them do not have the ability to hear. The sisters have their own sign language, which means, Balli was a master in non-verbal communication.This ability placed my dream of a social enterprise, back on to the winning horse. 🙂
We found a way to speak with each other, with hands and feet, and together we both grew.
We made mistakes, we laughed about our mistakes but we also celebrated every occasion, of a guest buying a product she made.
Since 7 Years she comes home every single day. She is part of my daily struggles as well as my daily happiness and in a similar way, Im part of her struggle and her happiness too.
Balli fell in love and out of love just like we all did, or still do.
She got married, but sadly to the wrong guy.
Still pregnant, she decided to get divorced and move back to her parents house.
It took her a lot of patience, fear and anxiety, strength and pain to voice her desire and get it into manifestation. But she did.
Her little boy is a few months old, healthy and strong. He brings joy, love and light to his strong mothers heart.
She still comes to work, but we had to rearrange the work patterns. Balli is making beautiful bedspreads for you. She is a single parent, working from home, so she can take care of her little sunshine.
She comes to my home every morning, to share a few words and then move on with her daily chores.
Balli carved a map of love, respect and the sincere wish to protect her, into my heart.
Even thou her life was far from smooth, she made it look smooth.
The day will come, when I will write a book about her…
You are amazing Balli and I really love you with all my heart.
Isa and the HATHI-Team