DIAMOND POLISHERS & CUTTERS, INDIA
There is a large community of self-employed women in Gujarat, India who hand cut and polish the diamonds Ella Stein buys for the jewelry.
In the small towns of Gujarat, women don't often have the opportunity to earn money of their own. They typically raise the children, maintain the house, and prepare the meals while their husbands toil in the fields.
The women take turns gathering in each other's homes with their children by their sides to share in the responsibility of child care and work.
By polishing and cutting the diamonds, these women make more money than their husbands, helping to lift their families out of poverty, giving them all a better life.