Our prints are named in honor of the women you support through your purchases and donations. While their identities are protected, the stories reflect the women we support to escape the sex trade or prevent them from entering it.

Anju

Anju is the provider for her family, both financially and in caring for her two young children, a son and a daughter. If you ask her about her husband she’ll tell you that the hardships began early in her marriage. She’ll tell you that her husband is an alcoholic and he physically abuses her, especially in the evenings after he’s had too much to drink. She’ll tell you that most of the time he refused to give her money and she lived in fear.

About a year ago, she asked friends and neighbors whether they knew of anyone who was hiring. After a few weeks of not finding a job, a friend told her about one of the Sudara partner sewing centers and the tailoring classes offered there. She joined right away. She told us that she became interested in sewing and tailoring as a child, but her family could not afford for her to take classes. After several months of classes, she started to sew dresses and blouses for friends. And, soon after, she accepted a full-time job offer with the sewing center and began to sew PUNJAMMIES™.

Anju tells us that although her husband is still struggling with an alcohol addiction and refuses to work, she no longer fears for her future. She tells us that she experiences peace and joy when she comes to work. And, she gets excited when she talks about being able to provide for her children, their education and their future, too.

Bhara

Bhara’s mother was sold into the sex trade as a young girl. Her family lived in poverty and there were not many options for work in her village. When a man came to her village and promised a good job for Bhara’s mother, she was sold into a brothel in Mumbai. It was in this same brothel that she eventually gave birth to and began to raise Bhara.

After many years in the brothel, Bhara and her mother returned to her home village in search of her father and a safe place to live. She learned that her father had died the previous year of a heart attack and the rest of her family had left in search of work.

Without a place to live or family to help her, Bhara’s mother felt that she had no other choice but to enter the sex trade again under a pimp. The money she received in her village was far less than she received in Mumbai and under pressure from the pimp to bring in more money, she tried repeatedly to force Bhara into the sex trade too.

Bhara ran away from home one evening while her mother was at work. She found safety at a community center in a nearby village and with the help of a local NGO, was brought to the Sudara skills-training centers where she is still enrolled. Bhara expects to graduate next year and has plans of becoming a teacher.

Kala

Most of the women in Kala’s family are sex workers. She tried to hide this fact when she was at school. She didn’t want the other students to make fun of her and she wanted to do something else when she graduated. As the oldest daughter, however, everyone assumed that she would one day enter the sex trade to help take care of her younger siblings.

That day came after Kala completed the 10th grade. Her mother’s illness was getting progressively worse until she became bedridden and could no longer work. Her family, in need of income, forced her into the sex trade.

Several months later, a few representatives from a Sudara partner center were in Kala’s village talking about the skills training programs and raising awareness about traffickers. Kala heard their message and asked for help. She saw this opportunity as her only way out.

Kala is now living in safe housing through a Sudara partner center and receiving tutoring in computer skills and spoken English. She was recently accepted into college and will begin those studies next year.

Lakhi

Having lost her mother to traffickers and her father to alcoholism, Lakhi had no place to go. Her mother had left with a friend for Mumbai under the pretense of a job, however, they were tricked and sold into a brothel where they could not escape. In the meantime, Lakhi's father died of alcoholism, leaving her alone and vulnerable to traffickers. She was rescued by one of our partner organizations in India and went through six months of computer and beautician training. Lakhi is now working as an office assistant in a hospital and is active in her community.

Leela

Leela lost her father at a very young age. Her mother chose to take on a job as a day laborer after his death, but the income was not enough and she turned towards the sex trade in order to provide for her family. Leela doesn’t remember much about her childhood, but she can still hear the derogatory comments her mother’s customers made towards her and her siblings. She remembers the many times they would abuse her. And, she remembers that her mother was too afraid to speak up, afraid of angering the customer if she told them to stop… and so this abuse continued for several years.

Leela’s mother became ill a few years ago and she was not able to bring in as much income as before. She began to encourage Leela to accept her customers’ advances and offers. Leela feared that she would soon be forced into the sex trade and she would endure the same suffering she saw in her mother.

Leela ran away from home one night with the help of a local NGO; they brought her to a Sudara partner center in search of safe housing and skills-training. She has started to make many friends at the centers and she told us she is excited about her graduation later this year.

Mya

When Mya was young, her mother left to find employment in Mumbai without telling her family. Her mother stayed in Mumbai and was trapped in the sex trade for four years. Mya’s father, an alcoholic, raised her in her mother’s absence but refused to send her to school to get an education and ultimately started to abuse her. Feeling unsafe, Mya eventually left her home and moved in with her grandmother. She felt more secure after moving away from her father’s house, but always worried about her education and future.

Her aunt brought Mya to one of our partner centers after learning about the job skills training program through an awareness campaign in their neighborhood. Mya is currently in a computer skills training program, her long-term goals include being a teacher and working with underserved orphans.

Nisha

Nisha was a good student who dreamt of graduating from college. By the time she completed 10th grade, however, her parents were infected with HIV/AIDS. She had to stop schooling and work as a daily wage laborer in the farm and construction sector. At the same time, the people who had forced her mother into the sex trade bgan looking for an opportunity to force her, as well.

A Sudara partner center in India was able to rescue her and offer skills training in its beautician program. Today, Nisha earns a decent salary and is supporting herself. Following graduation day she said, “I used to live a life without hope, but John Foundation gave me a life which is full of hope."

Prema

Prema lost both of her parents to AIDS when she was very young. She and her sister had to take care of themselves. When Prema’s sister got married, she had to move into her home to help take care of her niece and nephews. However, her brother in-law was not happy with her presence and this led to heated arguments between him and her sister. Realizing she was the cause of conflict, Prema decided to leave the house at the age of 18. She met a stranger, who offered her a job in Mumbai. She trusted him and left the next day on a train. He took her to a home and introduced her to a lady and said he would come back and take her to another place but soon she came to know that she had been sold for 10,000 rupees, which is 145 US dollars.

Prema had to satisfy 10 to 12 customers a day. She cried because nothing had prepared her for the horrors that she was going through. After a few months she was able to escape with the help of a person who brought her from Mumbai to Hyderabad. In an awareness campaign conducted by the John Foundation, Prema came to know of their restoration home and skills training program. She was able to join a computer class and an English class.

Today, she still struggles with fear, especially at the thought of marriage and not being accepted by her husband. With the encouragement & support she is receiving in the form of counselling and acceptance, she hopes to get over her fears and live her life to the fullest. Now, she makes it a goal of her life to encourage girls who are considering going back into the sex trade not to do it, because she firmly believes that living with less is better than living with no dignity at all.

Varasi

Varasi’s parents died when she was very young. Her aunt and uncle had promised to take care of her but ended up selling her to a brothel. Varasi was desperate to get out of this situation and felt trapped for years.

She was able to escape and was brought to a restoration home run by one of our partners. Through the 11 month program in the home, women and girls like Varasi receive medical care, mental health care and counseling, education, and love from an organization that works to build them up and give them hope for the future. While living in the home, Varasi received counseling and care while she completed basic and advanced computer skills training courses.

Immediately after her graduation, Varasi was offered a position as a data entry operator. Because of her training, Varasi is able to support herself and is proud of her job. She believes that, because of her training and support, her life has been transformed and she can now hold her head up with confidence.

Kanni

When Kanni first arrived at one of our partner centers, she was very close to ending her life. She struggled with suicidal thoughts and was deeply depressed. Her marriage had failed and she was living separately from her husband. To make matters worse, she was struggling to afford the tuition fees needed to send her daughter to school. Kanni desperately wanted to find a way to support her self and her daughter, but with no employable skills finding work was very difficult and paying for a training program was impossible. With the help of our partner center, Kanni was able to complete a beautician course and graduated in January 2017. After her graduation, the center was able to provide Kanni with a microloan and she opened up her own salon in May. She is now able to take care of her family and takes pride in running her own business.

Ayanna

Ayanna comes from a very poor family. Her husband works as an autorickshaw driver and was not bringing in enough money to make ends meet. As a family, they were finding it very hard to sustain their expenses and send their children to school with just one income. Ayanna wanted to help her family but felt trapped because she was not educated and had no employable skills to market. Seeing her struggle, Ayanna’s friends helped her enroll in a beautician course at one of our partner centers. With the help of a micro-loan and her husband’s support she was able to set up a very small beautician shop in her house and soon she started having customers. Today, she is not only able to help support her family financially, she is able to feel confident and strong.

Ela

Ela’s mother made a living as a commercial sex worker and frequently moved from one place to another. Eventually, both of Ela’s parents died from complications due to HIV/AIDS. After her mother’s death, the pimps who controlled her mother came after Ela to work for them as well. Through a trafficking awareness campaign led by our partner centers, Ela found out about their employable job skills training programs.

Ela enrolled and completed her Computer and Spoken English courses. She is now employed as an office executive. She says before joining our partner centers she struggled with low self-esteem and felt totally alone in the world, without love or acceptance in her life. She also felt unable to achieve anything of importance. After going through the skills training program, she gained confidence and the knowledge that she was capable of meeting her goals. She says, “I am what I am today because of the love and encouragement that I received at the center.”

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.