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Kolam art helps women map business opportunities in Tamil Nadu

Updated : 2019-08-15 11:01:05

The kolam inspired maps are now a ready reckoner for thousands of women, all budding entrepreneurs trapped in low paying jobs, to decide which business to start or where to set up shop. Complete with pie charts on exports and imports from the village, the maps have helped more than 5,000 women earn a sustainable income in six districts of Tamil Nadu.

Devi making phenyl and at her home in Nedumalai village in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Devi making phenyl and at her home in Nedumalai village in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Roselin Savariyammal at her grocery store in Navalurkuttapatu village in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Roselin Savariyammal at her grocery store in Navalurkuttapatu village in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Women drawing a community map using the kolam art form in Ayyampatty in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Women drawing a community map using the kolam art form in Ayyampatty in Tamil Nadu. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Details of a community resource map drawn for reference by a women's group in Ayyampatty. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Details of a community resource map drawn for reference by a women's group in Ayyampatty. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Women drawing a community map using the kolam art form in Ayyampatty. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
Women drawing a community map using the kolam art form in Ayyampatty. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj
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