With shrinking opportunities in farming, it has become imperative to generate sustainable livelihood options in the non-farm sector. Tasar yarn reeling used to be done by women from weaver families as part of their household weaving enterprise. PRADAN’s intervention in the Tasar sub-sector in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh has helped evolve this activity as a substantial undertaking in itself with the potential to enhance incomes among the rural poor. Strands of Life is a handbook on undertaking Tasar Yarn Reeling. It describes how poor rural women can be equipped with the skills, infrastructure, inputs, and marketing support required for the activity to become a sustainable means of income.