So I am currently a fortnight into my three week stay in Delhi and my goodness am I having a ride! Delhi is always an exhausting city to be in for me because it's just so packed and unrelenting but I enjoy the challenge of being here and through determination and blind luck I feel like I'm actually making progress. I have found a fabric manufacturer who can produce my material, I've worked out where I can source different things that I need for production, I'm making contacts. It's a little air borne but it's all good, it's all good.
However, this last week has been quite hard and sad for one area of the Daughters journey and it's been a bloody hard lesson for me to learn. Having connected with the charity Maitri almost a year ago I have had regular correspondence with them, discussing partnership opportunities and collaborations and I have been excited about the idea of progressing their vocational training program in a mutually beneficial way. Setting up production with a charity was the main focus of my trip and is something I have been working towards for a long time. I had an introductory meeting with the charity when I first arrived which was pretty positive, I visited their school in a slum are of Delhi and was encouraged by the work the ladies were producing. The setup posed a few challenges as it wasn't what I had understood it to be but I knew this trip wasn't going to be easy so that was all par for the course.
After my initial meeting unfortunately things went down hill quite quickly. It has become apparent that working with Maitri in this capacity isn't going to be feasible from a production point of view and that building a profitable partnership isn't something they are particularly interested in at this time. This trip was always intended as a test, to see if the two organisations fitted together, so I knew this was a possibility but it has still been a difficult decision and one that has at points over the last week made me feel very sad. Sometimes people don't want what you can offer and no matter how much energy you put into an idea, if both sides aren't on the same page then it's a bit of a lost cause.
All is not lost though. Thanks to the connections of my wonderful family here I have had several really positive meetings with other charities who all do similar work and offer vocational training programs to vulnerable women. It's too early for me to say anything yet but the dream of Daughters providing safe, fair work that empowers women who most need it is not lost, it's just taking a slightly different path to the one I had planned. Maitri continue to do wonderful work and I hope that in the future we fit together better but for now, I have one week left and I have come too far to let this set back stop me now.