Lilam lives in a village called Anaitha in the district of Mahottari, about 2 hours journey away from the Danusha workshop. Her husband died in 2005 as a result if complications relating to leprosy when their second son was still a small baby. Following his death Lilam was was given a hard time by her in-laws and by her neighbours, who associate leprosy with evil spirits. Not surprisingly Lilam became very depressed.
Fortunately staff from the Community department at Lalgadh hospital stepped in and provided Lilam with support and counselling. In 2010 she joined the Danusha group and was trained in jewellery making.
Since working with Danusha Lilam’s status has increased in her community and her confidence has improved. She also has a better relationship with her in-laws and so she’s much happier, as you can tell from her lovely smile. She likes earning money making jewellery and uses it to pay for schooling for her two boys. Lilam’s aim is for them to build a good life for themselves.