Made By Survivors now has 3 Jewelry Centers in India!
In April, the 3rd center opened in Jalpaiguri. Staff have been interviewing survivors at the Women's Interlink Foundation shelter for artisan goldsmith training. Jewelry designer, Nancy, began training the Jalpaiguri survivors in May. It has been exciting as staff and the survivors prepare for new jewelry center. Read more here.
Plans are also under way to establish a jewelry center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many of the survivors residing in India were trafficked from Bangladesh. The Indian government repatriates them back to Bangladesh. Many of the girls who have been trained and employed at the MBS Jewelry Centers in India have been repatriated to Bangladesh, but are at risk for further exploitation because there are no resources in Bangladesh to employ them as artisan goldsmiths. MBS staff will be heading to Bangladesh in August to meet with potential partners.
Currently in Kolkata the MBS Jewelry Center is housed in the Women's Interlink Foundation. There are plans being discussed to rent our own facility, so that we can employ survivors from shelters all over the city.
Thank you so much for supporting the economic empowerment of survivors of human trafficking through Made By Survivors. Our top priority is to help as many survivors as possible secure financial independence and be slavery-proof!
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