Empowering Women Since 2006

Our Story

A trip to India in 2005 inspired founder Shannon Keith to begin an innovative business venture to create lasting impact for survivors and those at high risk of sex trafficking.

The previous year, Shannon had returned from a trip to India where she heard story after story of women who were sold into sex slavery. She also heard stories of women who were at high risk of being forced into the sex trade by their families or picked up off the streets by local pimps. The reasons they were at a high risk? Because they lacked an education or the resources or the skills to have a choice.

She returned home from that trip and formed a small team of family and friends. Together, they looked for groups in India that were compelled to have a positive impact and help women looking for a way out of the Red Light Districts. The team knew that safe, steady and living-wage employment would be a pathway to freedom and offer choices for women and their families.

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Empowering Women Since 2006

Our Impact

Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked into sexual exploitation in India. Sudara is working to change this by providing hope and opportunity through living-wage jobs, skills training, and education. This change is possible because customers are purchasing Sudara goods and making donations to Sudara Freedom Fund.

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We help train more than 1,200 women in India per year with a 90% job placement rate
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More than 7,500 women have graduated and are leading self-sufficient, safer, and more productive lives
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We’ve raised nearly $2.5M toward our mission

Join The Mission

True change starts with awareness. Help get the word out that by shifting dollars, consumers can help tackle the world’s fastest growing crime - human trafficking.

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“I am able to learn new things here, working with freedom without pressure.”

- Anonymous, Sudara partner sewing center employee

Our Team

It's great to meet you! The Sudara team is comprised of sewing center partners and associates across India and the U.S. We come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences but share a passion for empowering women, ending human trafficking, and the power of social enterprise to create deep, sustainable impact.

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John Arathoon
Logistics Director

“Be what you believe in.”

Molly Bull
VP Marketing

“Vote yourself off the island . . . there is an amazing blue ocean out there waiting for you.”

Margaret Cascio
Head of Sales

“Love in action.”

Shannon Keith
Founder

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Gabriel Visva Kumar
Sewing Trainer + Quality Control

Our Partners

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Ben Holistic
Sudara Sewing Center Partner
Empowering Women Since 2006

B Corp

Sudara is proud to be a certified B Corporation! As a B Corp, we join a group of people and organizations that are using the power of business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good. We'd love for you to check out our impact report and learn more about our work and mission.

What is a B Corp? A B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. Certified B Corps are part of a community working toward not only being the best in the world, but also being the best for the world.

What does it mean to become certified?

We are often asked, is Sudara legit? We understand the intention behind the question and appreciate all of you who care about transparency and authenticity. The answer? Yes, yes, yes! To become certified, Sudara first took a B Impact Assessment, which measures the overall impact we have on our employees, suppliers, community, and the environment. After careful review of the assessment against B Labs standards and interviews by the B Labs team, Sudara was approved for certification.

Why do B Corporations matter?

Certified B Corps redefine success in business. Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.

WHO ARE THE B CORPORATIONS?

Today, there is a growing community of nearly 4,000 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

JOHN ARATHOON

LOGISTICS MANAGER, SUDARA INC.

John was introduced to Sudara when looking for a meaningful opportunity while moving back to his hometown of Bend, Oregon. He found just that, and the harmony shows. John’s customers experience first-hand his personal commitment to conscious consumerism, and high-touch attentiveness ensuring that each person he connects with every day feels important – because in his words, “they are part of the change.”

With an extensive background in operations, John has more than ten years of experience in logistics, management, and supply chain. His strong leadership skills focus on employee motivation and empowerment, and his passion for working cross functionally with team members to build toward a common goal inspires his colleagues daily. John relishes working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a world of opportunity – as is the environment at Sudara. In fact, one of John’s super-strengths is optimizing processes to meet the demands of a rapidly changing and growing business environment. 

As Logistics Manager, in many ways John is the nucleus of Sudara. Without his adept attention to the finer details that make the business go round, we would come to a screaming halt. John embodies the Sudara values as demonstrated each day in his commitment to keep the daily operations healthy and effective

MOLLY BULL

VP OF MARKETING, SUDARA INC.

Molly’s passion for social justice combined with more than twenty years’ experience in Marketing Communications, both in the corporate world and nonprofit sector, drew her instantly to Sudara. Taking concept, to strategy, to measurable execution is Molly’s favorite recipe for meaningful impact, and it was immediately apparent that Sudara was a perfect fit with its tireless effort to achieve global gender equity as a certified Benefit Corporation. She wanted to be part of the change.

A life-long philanthropist, Molly’s draw to help others began with volunteer work as a crime victim advocate for the Deputy District Attorney’s office where she counseled and guided victims who were ordered to testify in court. Her commitment to understanding human behavior is what drew Molly to the marketing communications world, and joining Microsoft Corporation’s disaster response program fueled her ‘give back’ nature, where she oversaw deployment of communications systems during large-scale natural disasters, and was the recipient of Microsoft Operations’ Innovation Hero award. Most recently, Head of Marketing for a global nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate corneal blindness, Molly co-led immersion trips to Asia that raised significant funds for the cause and built global awareness and advocacy. She has authored a number of speeches and industry publications for known media outlets

 With her deep-rooted experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and strategic development, Molly oversees all things marketing for Sudara. Her commitment is to connect with and compel others to join the mission to eliminate human trafficking as we all lift society as a whole. 

MARGARET CASCIO

HEAD OF SALES, SUDARA INC.

Margaret began her journey with Conscious companies and Mindfulness business practices about 5 years ago. Drawing on her first-hand experience at top companies as diverse as Apple and NTT Data, she saw the need to create a synergistic relationship between creating meaningful customer experiences and corporate efficiencies and profitability.  As a certified Mindfulness Coach for businesses and an experienced sales and marketing professional, Margaret found the Sudara team in perfect alignment with her heart and talents. 

Margaret has led national and global sales and marketing teams focused in the SaaS world delivering world class service and innovative solutions. In recent times, she ran Solutionography, a company focused on an inside out/outside in approach to creating meaningful and sustainable successes. Because of her passion to help to create conscious and mindful leaders, she developed a virtual coaching platform – Modern Leaders. The 12-week online class takes young professionals, moving into management, through a thorough leadership development skills training with a focus on conscious and mindful business practices. She is a speaker and thought leader within the mindful business and young professional development communities. 

As Head of Sales, Margaret is responsible for overseeing all sales activities including; working with enterprise and wholesale channels, inspiring the Sudara Sisterhood, examining growth opportunities, enabling sales improvements, and ensuring the department’s performance against targets so that the Sudara mission is realized globally.

SHANNON KEITH

FOUNDER + CHAIRWOMAN, SUDARA INC.

A trip to India, in 2005, inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors and those at high risk of sex trafficking led her to found and cultivate Sudara – a certified Benefit Corporation

Having previously spent ten successful years in corporate sales, Shannon was primed to redirect her business prowess to Sudara’s cause. Since founding Sudara, Shannon has received multiple accolades and rewards for her groundbreaking conscious approach to business ventures. She has been honored as a Social Impact Winner at Oregon’s largest Angel investing conference, BVC, won female Entrepreneur of the year in 2017, spoke at TEDx, and was a Top 25 SheEO World Venture Finalist, in addition to being featured in The Good Trade, Conscious Magazine, Real Simple, Forbes and more. Shannon is a sought-after national speaker delivering key notes and panel discussion on topics like economic development for women, how to use social business to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and why investing in women is a game changer, plus many other topics in the social business arena.

Shannon created Sudara with a mission rooted in job creation and freedom-filled choice for women who want to escape sex slavery. Over the past fifteen years, Shannon has taken the organization far and wide. On its current trajectory, Shanon leads Sudara’s vision from the position of founder and chairwoman. Her responsibilities include analyzing systemic issues, evaluating and forming strategic partnerships, and positioning Sudara as a leader in the social innovation space.

GABRIEL VISVA KUMAR

SEWING TRAINER + QUALITY CONTROL, SUDARA INTERNATIONAL

Hello, my name is Gabriel. My work with Sudara involves teaching the women in our centers how to sew, as well as auditing the finished garments for quality. This work is important to me because it gives me joy and satisfaction when I pass on my sewing skills to the deserved women in our society (India).

When the women are able to self-sustain through this career, I feel accomplished. Also, I love my work and enjoy my profession. I’m very to glad to be a part of Sudara.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my Sundays with my wife and two young daughters, who are in grade school. They are very precious to me.

SAJI + CYNTHIA JOHN

BEN HOLISTIC -- SUDARA SEWING CENTER PARTNER

Ben Holistic provides women who are at a high risk or survivors of human trafficking with skills training in sewing, computers, cosmetology, and spoken English. The center also offers counseling services for every woman and safe housing, as needed. 

“We at Ben Holistic not only strive hard to make our beneficiaries self-sustainable but our work as well. Our partnership with Sudara helps us in achieving this goal and, together, we are continuing to transform the lives of hundreds of women and children who are at risk of human trafficking.”

RETURNS + EXCHANGES

We hope you love every single, freedom-filled Sudara product you purchase!  We also understand that sometimes, for one reason or another, you need to return an item or exchange it for something else.

YOU HAVE 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER TO RETURN OR EXCHANGE NON-SALE ITEMS.

All items must be unworn and unwashed, with the original packaging (i.e. tags and drawstring bag). Please note that items from our sales collection are final sale and cannot be returned (product pages will indicate if they are final sale).

 PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PACKING SLIP IN YOUR RETURN PACKAGE AND INDICATE WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE A REFUND OR AN EXCHANGE AND YOUR REASON FOR THE RETURN.
 

If you don’t have your packing slip, please include a note in your return package that details your contact information, order number and preference on return/exchange. 

IF YOUR ITEM WAS A GIFT, PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IN THE RETURN PACKAGE:

  1. Your first and last name
  2. The best email to reach you if we have any questions (please help our team and print clearly!)
  3. The original packing slip (preferred) OR the first and last name of the person who gifted the item, and
  4. Preference on a return or exchange.

For a refund, once we receive your items, we will issue a credit to your original form of payment. Refunds will typically appear within 3-5 business days from the date we receive the returned item(s). Please check with your card’s issuer for questions about availability of funds.

For an exchange, once we receive your items, we will issue you an electronic gift card.  The gift card will be for the amount of the purchase price of the exchanged items plus the cost of standard shipping.  This electronic gift card will arrive in a separate email from Sudara. You will then be able to go to our website (sudara.org) and order an item of your choosing.

Cancel your order: A link to modify or cancel your order is located in your confirmation email (Subject line: Order Confirmed; From: info@sudara.org).

Have questions? Please call us at 1-844-4SUDARA (1-844-478-3272).

Send all returns to:

Sudara Returns
320 SW Century Drive
Ste 405 – PMB 402
Bend, OR 97702

Please note that customers are responsible for shipping all returns and exchanges to Sudara at the address listed above. We strongly recommend that you ship your product with a reputable carrier that can provide tracking information and proof of delivery, such as UPS or FedEx. Customers are responsible for their product until we sign for delivery or the package is delivered to our Bend, OR office.

Sudara cannot be held responsible for packages lost in transit nor damages that occur to the package and/or its contents while it’s in transit or when opening.

INCORRECT OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCT INQUIRIES:

Please note that inconsistencies in some prints are part of the textile printing process, and contribute to the uniqueness of each pair. Please check the item’s description for more information about the specific nature of each product. However, if for any reason you feel the product you received is defective, or if you received an incorrect item, please contact us HERE.