Hardeep lives on the outskirts of Udaipur on a tiny farm in Rajasthan state, with her mother and young son. The family struggled for years to keep the farm productive. Despite being known as “Land of the Kings,” Rajasthan is a poor state whose economy relies heavily on agriculture. However, much of the land is parched and infertile. It gets little rain, and crops must be nurtured with painstaking effort and irrigation.

Hardeep’s husband moved into the city looking for work. Like many other families, Hardeep and her mother were left to fend for themselves on the farm. In a traditional Indian community like this, it’s not considered appropriate for women to travel far from their house.

When Hardeep heard about “Sadhna”— a project to help rural women generate extra income while working from home — she and her mother both joined, and their lives changed forever…