Many of the women working with The Belaku Trust are hindu widows.
Remarriage for hindu widows is legal in Southern India but frowned upon, and in small tight-knit villages most women will never re-marry.
Considered “bad-luck” women, most widows are now excluded from family gatherings, expected to wear only white, so as to not attract attention, and certainly not to go to work.
The rings on their toes pay tribute to the marriage they feel they still have to their husbands and the ties they now have to their in-laws. Despite the village gossip, the woman defiantly dress in colour as they walk to work with pride.