WELCOME
IN FAVOUR OF WOMEN OF RAJASTHAN
Nila Moti: The blue pearl in Hindi. Rings like a good-luck charm for an extraordinary adventure. It all started with the dedicated commitment of a Swiss couple, Monica and Michel Matter who, in 1992, set up a foundation and opend a shop in Penthalaz (Vaud, Switzerland), selling beautiful objects delicately handcrafted in India. The profits were to go towards the construction of a crafts center dedicated to promoting women activities and handicraft in rural areas, inaugurated in 2001 in Khimsar, Rajasthan, by the Nila Moti Trust, which had been officially recognised in 1997 by the central government in New Delhi. At the onset, 15 women were employed at the centre with a regular income and excellent social benefits. Today there are 60 persons employed. They were all chosen among the neediest mothers with young children, without distinction of cast or social background.