Artisianal Goldsmiths

Artisanal gold smiths in Kolkata (Calcutta)....These guys make about 3-400 USD a month at the top end.  They live in the workplace. At night they move the worktables aside and sleep on the floor and there are a few other places for them to crowd in to......BUT... you have to be careful with cultural stigmas.  These guys are all very kind to each other, they are from the same village.  They rotate who goes out for food, for tea.  They take care of each other and they NEED each other.  When one of them goes back to the village, he carries the money from all of them.  When he comes back he brings things to them from all of their families...The goldsmiths are give 102.6 grams of gold and are expected to return 100 grams of jewelry.  The average waste for 100 grams is 1.3 grams.  So the owner of the factory tells them he wants a 20 gram piece of jewelry and they have to figure out how to make it that weight and keep to the design they are given.

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