The Bladesmith

Prem beckons us to follow him as we walk down a dusty lane from the small market stall he has set up to take orders. He wants to show us where the magic really happens – inside his metal workshop. When we step inside, we see all sorts of machinery and raw materials he has purchased to make scissors, knives, and other types of blades for his customers.

Sparks fly as he demonstrates how to sharpen a knife, his face deep in concentration but his hands steady. He tells us how much his standard of living has changed over the years, how he used to be overburdened by loans from unfair lenders. Today, he’s on his seventh loan cycle with Accion partner Saija. He has used the money to buy more materials so that he can increase his profits – a man as meticulous in his business practices as he is in his craftsmanship.