Sudara Stories: Soyamma

Sudara Stories: Soyamma

We love sharing stories of the women who, as part of a skills-training program, sew together PUNJAMMIES™. The Sudara Stories series highlights a few of these strong, amazing women. Today, we are honored to introduce Soyamma.

{image via ©Paula Watts Photography}

Soyamma came to the sewing centers for the first time exactly one year ago. She told us stories of her childhood -- a cousin who sexually abused her, an alcoholic father, and a mother who left after years of physical abuse. She told us how she got involved in the sex trade -- her father forced her; he wanted the money to buy more alcohol. And, she told us about her breaking point and the day that she ran away from home -- it was the day her father tried to sell her to a pimp.

Soyamma came to the sewing centers at the recommendation of a neighborhood friend. She remembers being scared that first day, but soon realized that many of the women at the sewing centers had a childhood like hers. And, they chose to come to the sewing centers because they knew it was a safe place, a place where they could heal, and a place where they could create a better life for themselves and their children.

During Soyamma's time at the sewing center she took classes to become a tailor as well as a beautician. She also learned to dance and loved teaching other women to dance too. When she graduated from her classes earlier this year, we watched as she danced happily with her friends, we rejoiced when she told us that she was offered a job, and we wiped away more than a few tears when she left the center to pursue her new life.

Soyamma came to the sewing centers for a second time last month. This time she told us stories of her new job and the friends she was meeting and how happy she was. And, then she handed us money. "This is 25% of my first paycheck," she said. "Please take it. I want you to help other girls who grew up like me. I want them to find safety and happiness too."

Thank you for continuing to invest in and empower women like Soyamma to create a new life for herself -- a life that is free from sex-slavery and full of hope about the future.

Read more Sudara Stories here. And, find the PUNJAMMIES™ we named in honor and celebration of Soyamma in both capris and full-length pants.

September 12, 2015 by Erika Chambers



Sharla said:

Congratulations Soyamma! What a brave and generous woman you are. I can’t imagine what you had to endure. You are truly a gift to other women, and may they find hope and inspiration in your story.


Rachel said:

You are an inspiration; a gift to this world! You show, through your generous and joyous heart that one can come out of horrid situations and still smile, think of others, share joy, be whole and loving and kind and compassionate!
You are the silver lining!


thatgirljen said:

i bought a pair of the SOYAMMA capris and LOVE them. I’m keeping an eye open for some of the newer fabrics, when I find my next favorite print, I’ll be making another order. These lounge pants are well made, super comfy, and the stories behind them are inspiring. I especially liked this story’s happy ending of Soyamma coming back to the sewing center to give back! She’s an inspiration! <3

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