Making fun of my Hindi never gets old! Here are some images of a chat I had with Baljeet and Seema recently.

Chatting with the ladies of WORKS+SHELTER, Baljeet, Kulwant, Ritu, and Seema below 🙂 Thanks for translating Puneet!



Kulwant, Ritu and Ramkali on a Skype session with WORK+SHELTER Finance Director Namita Krul!

One of many amazing moments during our recent WORK+SHELTER Summit in NYC. All of the W+S ladies came to the computer screen and thanked Jorel for all of his hard work. They’ve never met him but they know that he’s here to help! Lovely.

I had a great time with Nadya Migalko and Andrea Patton at our most recent WORK+SHELTER photo-shoot in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. My new occupation: stylist!



Here is our best-selling Corner to Corner Wrap, in a gorgeous Cherry Red and the Classic Cream,

worn by two of our lovely women, Ramkali and Seema!


Detail of the Red Corner to Corner Wrap



Ramkali wearing the Red Corner to Corner Wrap

Detail of the Cream Corner to Corner Wrap


Seema wearing the Cream Corner to Corner Wrap


Meet Ramkali

A member of the lowest caste system, the Dalit, she is uneducated and was never taught to read or write. She is 35, a mother of 5 and married to a broommaker who, even though his income is only 4000 Rupees a month (approximately $80 USD), forced her to continue having children until she had a son. Her 4 daughters, one of whom is married, and her son, live with her at their home while they finish school. They have no working toilet or shower so they use the facilities at WORK+SHELTER in the morning.

Now that Ramkali is at WORK+SHELTER, she has an income of her own that helps support her family and also provides her with a safety net. At WORK+SHELTER, she is learning a skill that will enable her to become independent. Maybe most importantly though, she is building connections with other women —  women in India who now have each other as a support system, which is vital in rural, impoverished areas, and women across the globe who work with and help support WORK+SHELTER.

You can become a part of the global support system to  Ramkali and the women at WORK+SHELTER

By supporting WORK+SHELTER, you ensure that we can continue to provide a safe place for these women so that they can become independent, self-sufficient and rise above their surroundings.  By donating to WORK+SHELTER or buying products from The Lotus Odyssey you are helping us to continue providing a safe place for these women to thrive.

Namita introduces Seema, our first WORK+SHELTER woman!

Read more on designer Allyson Dykhuizen’s blog.

Thanks to Linda K. for being the first to purchase one of our WORK+SHELTER Corner to Corner Wraps at this past weekend’s Green Festival!

And to Andrea Patton for braving the rain to be there to support us!

And to Jade Hughes for saving the day!