Changing the Lives of Women and Children in India
I saw the many facades every day in India. Women hiding their hurt and desperation behind brightly colored cotton and silk. Their lives are withering before them, but there are no other choices for them. Forced into the sex trade because of poverty. My heart aches for their plight.
I hope my partnership with Jubilee Market changes the choices for women in India, even if only in some small way. Jubilee Market teaches women skills and provides sustainable income, so they can support themselves and their children. With seven training centers in India and the launch of one in the United States, women are learning vocational skills to become independent. They are taught sewing, clothing and jewelry design, computer literacy, and basic business skills to give them the freedom of independence.
One of my favorite purchases and what I frequently give as gifts are one-of-a-kind sari quilts made of five layers of recycled saris, hand-stitched by an Indian woman who has been, or is at risk of, human trafficking. One purchase at a time, one changed life at a time a world away.