Sudara Stories: Karuna

Sudara Stories: Karuna

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 Karuna.


{image via ©Paula Watts Photography}

Laxmi, Karuna's mother, went to Hyderabad looking for a job to help her family. A friend introduced her to a woman who promised Laxmi a well-paying job in Dubai as a house maid. Married and raising two small children, she didn't want to leave her family, but she knew that her husband could not find a stable job and the family desperately needed the income. She left a few days later, promising Karuna, her husband, and her son that she would just be there a short time and would see them again soon. Once Laxmi arrived in Dubai, though, there was no job as a house maid. Instead, she was forced into the sex-trade and beaten every time she did not cooperate.

After three years in Dubai, Laxmi found a way to escape the sex-trade. However, she returned home to discover that her husband was now living with another woman and he'd forced Karuna to leave school because he could not afford to pay the fees.

Determined to ensure that her only daughter received an education, Laxmi entered the sex trade again in the local red-light district so that she could pay for Karuna's school fees. Once Karuna became of age, though, her father started pressuring her to quit school and contribute to the family finances. When Laxmi heard of this, she became afraid that he would force Karuna into the sex-trade too. And, one night when he was sleeping, Laxmi brought Karuna to one of the Sudara skills-training centers. She told us that she wanted a different life for her daughter -- a life free from abuse and the sex-trade.

Karuna is currently enrolled in two training courses -- sewing and computers -- and excelling in both; she has dreams after graduation of working in technology. However, she recently told us that she is most excited about being able to provide for her mom and younger siblings so that they, too, can have a better life.

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

Read more Sudara Stories here. And, find the PUNJAMMIES™ we named in honor and celebration of Karuna in capris.

April 04, 2015 by Erika Chambers



carina said:

Thank you for sharing these incredible stories. It not only puts my life into perspective but helps me to keep investing in Sudara by purchasing your wonderful product.
Thank you for making a difference.

katherine norton malek

katherine norton malek said:

The products these women produce are beautiful & practical on their own. Your company’s mission & these women’s stories are added purchasing motivaters. What a fantastic concept; great merchandise made by women survivors! SO happy to have found it. Anytime a woman can make a living a family is saved. How brave of them to share & it’s a privilege to read their stories.

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