Kakuben Lalabhai Parmar traveled from rural India to bustling New York to sell her wares at the Asia Society. Efforts by a nonprofit to help preserve endangered handicrafts and make them a source of income helped liberate Parmar 20 years ago from her scheduled caste. "Now that I have my own business and make my own money, my husband shows me respect," Parmar said. Sometimes he even helps her with her accounts. "He's my secretary," she says.
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