What started as a mission trip to India blossomed into a project that partners with an India-based organization establishing Sudara sewing centers. Women come under these programs by choice, and that choice leads them out of poverty and into economic stability.
I am in love with the LELITHA FULL, Punjammies Longue Pants that come in Tall; perfect for someone on the taller side, like me. The pants are made by women like Lelitha. Lelitha is the daughter of a woman with HIV. Lelitha's mother stopped her father from selling her daughter to pay for the medical bills. Lelitha ran away and found Sudara.
So, let’s be clear for a second: Punjab is a state in the northwest of the Republic of India, which is part of the larger Punjab region spanning into present-day Pakistan. Punjabi is a language and refers to traditional attire worn throughout this area. Sudara assures us that it is through etymology and conversation with their partners and teams in India that they came to the naming: Punjammies. Their women gain education and job skills that elevate them from the poverty that leads them to human trafficking.
Instead of being forced into the trade of selling their bodies, there are finding resources, programs, and a path to having their own businesses. We are encouraged and we know no one company, brand, or person can empower the 32 million people in slavery today. Nor should it be a solitary mission. If we all, as consumers and people with more advantage and power than those without, come together and raise our voices and our wallets, we can eradicate modern day slavery.
Shannon Keith, Founder of Sundara (formerly known as The International Princess™ Project) said this: “My dream for the future would be to have my children live in a slave-free world, where every human life is valued and free.”
That’s a dream I can get behind. And I encourage you to keep asking questions and holding your brands to a higher standard. Recognize your purchasing power and use it to your advantage.
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