Sari Bank Brings Joy to Women in Anand District, Gujarat – The New Indian Express

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AHMEDABAD: For Bhavna Ben from Bhadran Village in Anand District, buying expensive new sarees at the home wedding ceremony was a huge problem last year. The months of the COVID-19 pandemic have seen family income drop dramatically.

Then someone suggested that they go to a “sari bank” in Bhadran. The bank offers beautiful saris for free on the sole condition that they are cleaned and returned after use.

“It was as if all the happiness in the family had returned,” Bhavna said as she and other family members had their choices in the bank. The one-of-a-kind bank is created by and for the villagers of Bhadran. It is funded by NRIs for poor middle class women.

Nehali, who runs the sari bank with other women, says the response has been overwhelming. “Our effort is to help those who have experienced financial hardship over the past two years due to the pandemic. It gives all members of the bank immense satisfaction when women in need can get special sarees for them. auspicious occasions in their families, ”says Nehali.

This bank receives about 150 saris from abroad and as many from Bhadran. Villagers can take the saris on any auspicious occasion, wear them, dry clean them and return them.

At the bank, a sari is credited to the user’s personal account. If the person returns the saree in good condition, the bank promises to give you “credit” for the next time. In other words, you get a credit rating like a bank.

Shaileshbhai Patel, elder from Bhadran village, said he met Amarbhai Shah, a resident of Palanpur who had settled in America for many years. Amarbhai is a member of the Board of Directors of Share & Care in America. “They asked me to create such a bank in Bhadran. Upon my return from the United States, I discussed the idea with the villagers. They all accepted, ”Shaileshbhai explains.

Sari donors include NRIs from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Local contributors are the villagers of Bhadran and surrounding areas. “A woman living anywhere can drop off her sari. We want the needy to take advantage of the services,” he says.

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