Banashankari means goddess of the forest. This group named themselves after the patron of their families that live in a cluster in Kyasanahalli in Bengaluru. The women were trained by an NGO but getting regular orders for sewing was an issue meaning it was likely they would make a reliable income. The women in this group do not have any say in the family affairs. Vesting purchasing power with women is not within the norms of their families, however Secret Projects gives them the ability to empower themselves. The group is remote from city and they therefore do not have job opportunities within their reach. Educating the children and looking after their needs is taken care with the income earned through the Secret Project. Banashankari group have been part of the network over a year and have been able to have a sewing machine, mend old ones and impart quality education to their children.
Shylaja is the leader of the Banashankari group (third from the left). You can read her story here.