Hailing from the Burdwan district of West Bengal, Anwara’s Pialee Enterprise is an organization that makes a variety of dresses by hand embroidery (Kamthastitech). It also manufactures products like saris, dress materials, blouses, t-shirts, tops, bed covers, stale, dupattas etc. of kanth stitch, in the process providing employment to several women in rural areas. Drawing out new designs and creating superb color combinations that enhance their beauty are Pialee’s forte.
With the support of her husband and a small initial investment to boot, Anwara started off Pialee.However, soon she faced problems of funds and capital needed to sustain the business. Another daunting task was convincing women to work for the organization as well as training them to work according to requirements. However, she overcame these challenges to make Pialee an organization that has not only influenced the way people dress, but also impacted the way people around Burdwan live.
Nominated in TiE Stree Shakti ’09 : Micro Enterprise