The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A silk road to self-reliance

Lutherans help women in Bangladesh produce silk

With tiny white silkworms and skills she learned from an ELCA-supported silk production project, Fulfuli Rani is weaving a new life for her family.

It's an advantage they never had in the past. Like most poor households in northern Bangladesh, Rani's family depended on the rice harvest for their livelihood, going out daily to gather rice in the blistering heat, drying it on roadsides and threshing it under sticks, feet and the wheels of passing trucks.

But rice farming doesn't provide enough for their family of five. Not only is the work seasonal, the crops are prone to flood or drought damage. For most parents, regular meals and school for their children are only a dream.

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