Navti, a 42-year-old mentee from Village Sawroli of Palgarh District, Maharashtra, has been supporting her family financially since the age of 10. She started as a next-door babysitter and earned bare minimum wages. But soon her capabilities and integrity attracted bigger opportunities and she moved to Mumbai to be an in-house babysitter. She travelled internationally but missed her family, village and warli a lot. She has always had an interest in warli art which is famous in Palghar and had worked on many small projects to promote the same, but was unable to earn a decent livelihood.
When she enrolled herself in the GOAL programme, she was ecstatic to find her Mentor, Ms. Radhika Pushkar, an entrepreneur by profession. She attends her weekly video conferencing sessions on various life skills and is thankful to the organisation for this opportunity. This programme helped Navti to analyse her strengths and weaknesses. Recently, she met designer Archana Kochar who mentored her on the basics of stitching. Together they have been learning and making different products every week.
Now, Navti has become a leader and is sharing her art by teaching it to other women in her community. The confidence she developed with GOAL and her previous life experiences has resulted in a fruitful future for survival of the warli art.