Aug 26, 2013

When You Make More Than Your Man

The survivors at the Made By Survivors Jewelry Centers earn a salary, plus receive production and design bonuses.  Our goal is for the women who were in the sex trade, or at risk for being lured into it, to earn an income way above the poverty line.  

Most of these women have come from utterly impoverished conditions.  So when they begin earning money of any sort the men in their lives: husbands, fathers, brothers are excited.  But after time the women in Made By Survivors programs begin earning more than many of their family men.  This brings about other dire circumstances.  Recently several of our women were either beaten by men in their family or their bank accounts were drained of money even when the woman's name was the only one on the account.  

The women who were in danger have been moved into the shelter for protection.  We are working hard to teach life skills and protections for these women and others to prevent domestic abuse and theft.  We are investigating ways to help women protect their income as well.  As a social enterprise we care not only for the product being made but for the lives of the women/survivors employed at Made By Survivors.  

It is important to raise the value of women in the eyes of the men in India. Made By Survivors raises the social status and income opportunities for these survivors. These women contribute to their families caring for their homes, making imporvements, purchasing food and houseand goods, and educating their children.  The inherited and cultural views men in India have about women must change.

Jun 5, 2013

Expansion of MBS Jewelry Centers

Made By Survivors is growing!  

Our jewelry center in Kolkata is expanding due to the generosity of Global Seva.  They have provided $100,000 for Made By Survivors to rent its own space outside of the aftercare shelter.  This will allow girls from many different shelters to come be trained and employed by Made By Survivors.  

Our jewelry center in Jalpaiguri is currently training 30 survivors as artisan goldsmiths.  This program was started in conjuction with a new shelter build that will eventually house 100 survivors.  Just this week the building has been fully funded.  Currently the girls are living and being taught in a rented facility.  

Be on the look out for new designs and jewelry pieces as the survivors grow in their skills and take initative in creating new jewelry.

Thank you for your support of transforming lives of survivors and empowering them to design their own bright futures.

Jun 4, 2013

Fully Funded!

The funds needed to building the shelter and employment center in Jalpaiguri is fully funded!  Thank you for your generosity!  Additionally, Tarsadia Foundation, The Denver Vision Board, UCC-Tolland, and other private donors have supported this project to make 100 girls Free Forever.

The ground has been broken for construction and 30 girls are already living in a temporary space.  Some of the survivors are also being trained as artisan goldsmiths.  

"I visited the site of this project in March and go to know 30 of the 100 girls that will live in the new shelter. Many were very recently rescued and the trauma was some of the worst I have seen. Despite that there was a spark of hope and such huge potential in each girl. In their young lives they have experienced so much suffering - beyond my ability to even express. Now they deserve to be safe and loved and to be able to create a beautiful future. I feel we have to give them that." - Sarah Symons, Made By Survivors Founder and Executive Director

Thank you for helping transform these girls lives!  If you would like to continue to give to support the vocational training and employment of survivors please visit this project

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