An industrious girl with a beaming smile, Tara is 18 years old and has been working at Gulmeher for the last 4 years. Being associated with Gulmeher since, its very beginning, she has seen Gulmeher grow through its journey of bringing about change and has herself grown with it in the process. This makes her relationship with Gulmeher a unique one.
Tara has had to grow up a lot faster than other girls her age. Loosing a mother is an unimaginable loss at any age but, at just five years old, Tara had to not only face such inexplicable pain but, also pull herself together to ensure that she could support her family in the absence of an earning hand.
Long before her mother passed away, her father had succumbed to alcoholism and abandoned the family for a second marriage. After the untimely demise of her mother, Tara and her sister were left in the care of her maternal grandparents. Owing to their old age, they couldn’t work and hence, the family was left with very little to live on.
Tara started accompanying her sister to the dumpsite in search of waste that could be sold for some quick cash. Even though waste-picking was not an ideal solution, she had very little choice in the matter. Soon she learned about Gulmeher and came here along with her elder sister Sitara, in search of a dignified livelihood alternative to waste-picking. She started working at Gulmeher part-time, after her school hours.
As they say, life is not a fair game, her income from Gulmeher could barely support the family and she had to dropout of school. She now works at Gulmeher full time. Over the years, Tara has honed her skills considerably. A keen learner, her hunger for imbibing new skills was channeled well at Gulmeher. She learnt screen printing and along with the floral artwork she is the master printer at Gulmeher now.
From personalised diaries and stationery to intricate prints on packaging, there is little merchandise that does not pass from under her boutique screen printing press before hitting the market. Talking animatedly about her printing expertise, Tara held out a packet of Phulwa, Gulmeher’s all natural Holi colours that were launched in 2018, and pointed to the printing on the pack, proudly sharing that she single handedly printed all the packs.