Srinagar: Fifty-year-old Khatila literally runs a factory from a small room providing 800 poor women raw materials to prepare pashmina threads. She pays them Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 a month.
She is not an affluent social worker vying for recognition, but Khatila’s aim is to show the women of Kashmir the road to success.
“She has brought me and my five other siblings up on this wheel. Not only did she sent us to schools but she also supports hundreds of women. It is commendable,” Mushtaq Ahmad, Khatila’s son says.
In a state where a woman going out to work is often frowned upon, Khatila not only avoided controversy but has also spun an inspiring tale.
The government awarded her for her entrepreneurial skills in 2005. Khatila says that recognition is good but she wants to do more.
“Many girls who would come here could arrange money for their wedding helped their families. If the government extends a small help, I can do a lot more for welfare of poor women,” says Khatila.
So here is one woman who has inspired hundreds of poor women towards economic independence through sheer hard work.