Shilpi, a mother of two girls, has been living at Sreepur Village since the beginning of 2019 and will be leaving Sreepur Village this coming December.
In 2013 upon the death of her first husband, Shilpi's in-laws forced her to leave their house - and what was her family home. Shilpi left and eventually re-married a man who welcomed her and her daughter.
In early 2017, Shilpi's situation quickly turned around when she became pregnant with her second child. Shilpi's husband insisted that she should have an abortion, Shilpi pleaded with her husband, but he became very angry.
In her third trimester, desperate and scared Shilpi asked her neighbour for help who then recommended Heed Bangladesh (a development organisation that works with marginalised people). Shilpi gave birth to a girl with the help of Heed Bangladesh who then recommended she should enrol at Sreepur Village.
Throughout her three years at Sreepur Village, Shilpi has given emphasis to tailoring - she used to do some basic tailoring in her village. Upon arrival at Sreepur she initially completed all of their basic tailoring training but for the last year and a half she has been focusing solely on bag making.
Shilpi can now make various designs of bags using denim and jute materials. Using jute and denim together, she creates some eye-catching designs. Shilpi has also helped to create our newly launched Denim by Sreepur collection. Using cotton sari material with denim, Shilpi has helped to produce two fantastic bags: a hair accessories bag and a tote bag along with denim hair scrunchies.
From January she would like to move to Dhaka and start a tailoring and bag-making business. She has some relatives and knows some families in the city. Her plan is to move to her relative's house and sell her bags, but ultimately she wants to do something big.
"I'll receive my savings when I leave, so I'll put this towards buying a machine and other tools and materials to start my business. I will try to grow my business in the near future”, Shilpi tells us.
Shilpi is looking forward to utilising her newly-gained independence and with the skills she has developed at Sreepur she is confident in taking ownership of her own socio-economic development and sustaining a secure future for her family
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication.
At Sreepur we do not have an art therapist but we do have a resident artist, Milon, who often teaches therapeutic art in his classes as the majority of children that come to live at Sreepur have witnessed or been part of a traumatic experience.