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She’s Not for Sale
WorldCrafts and ConneXions connect with India’s Poor
In cities such as Kolkata, India, many young girls and women, like Puja, are forced into the slavery of the sex trade because of dire poverty. Puja was especially at risk because she had lost both parents by the time she was a young teen. But because ConneXions, a WorldCrafts artisan group, was working in Puja’s community, she was able to avoid even entertaining the idea of looking for any oppressive or shameful jobs.
While Puja was only a small child, her father left her mother alone to care for three young children. He returned to his native village and has not been heard from since. A few years later Puja’s mother passed away from cancer. Puja now lives with her two younger siblings, her grandparents, and her aunt and uncle in a small, one-room baste (Indian slum home).
When her mother passed away, Puja was concerned that she would not be able to continue her education. She feared instead she would have to start working full-time. But Puja has been able to continue her studies and also provide for her family thanks to the income she earns from working at ConneXions. ConneXions has provided her training, a fair wage, and the means to both work part-time in a friendly environment and continue her education.
Puja, has been a part of the ConneXions family for several years. Her story is one of many struggles but also of determinations, love, and freedom. Puja belies that honest, decent work and a good education will continue to pave the way for her to provide for her siblings and give her the chance to stand on her own two feet.
Through ConneXions and other local resource centers, Puja and women like her are able to gain practical training and earn a fair income. Through these opportunities the poor gain the freedom to direct their own futures and care for their families. As consumers around the world choose to purchase fairly traded products from importers like WorldCrafts, young women like Puja are empowered to provide for their families and set free to live a life of dignity.
Support these artisans by purchasing their handmade products made out of recycled saris.