Meera Sury ’14 (Roseville, Minn.), a sophomore biology and religion double major, recently was awarded a Davis Project for Peace Grant from the Davis United World Scholars.
With the support of the grant, Sury will work with women of the South Indian village of Karasanur to expand their small-scale sewing enterprise. Sury will provide the women with power sewing machines; teach marketing strategies, as well as computer and camera skills. By reducing the women's dependence on other tailoring units for materials by implementing direct import and fabric production in Karasanur, the project will empower women as community leaders and help develop financial stability in Karasanur.
“The Davis Projects for Peace grant will me to bring new technologies into the Karasanur tailoring enterprise, and increase the women's access to the local marketplaces by teaching sales strategies,” Sury said. “Eventually, I hope that the money from the grant will be recycled through the Karasanur community for other micro-enterprise projects.”
Sury's project is the sixth Carleton student-lead project to earn a Davis Projects for Peace Grant. The grant is worth $10,000.