Photo Courtesy of Basha
At The Little Market, we have the honor of working with incredible artisan groups and social enterprises around the world. In recognition of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we are spotlighting the work of inspiring organizations that support resilient women who are artisans and survivors of trafficking. They have stories of redemption and hope that we would like to share with you today. Keep reading for a profile by a talented artisan at Basha in Bangladesh, the group behind our one-of-a-kind quilts.
I have been working at Basha for 2 years and 5 months. I stay in the Basha transitional home too (funded by our nonprofit affiliate, Friends of Basha). In this home, I am able to stay in a good environment. I was in India for many years where I did not get enough food or sleep and I never could go out. Now I enjoy my life. I can go to the market, get good food, and sleep well. And I can live without any tension. I have a good family here. I live with sisters who have the same pain as I have so we talk and listen to one another. Everyone loves me and encourages me so much. Now I’ve learned to cook. I’m learning how to behave with others. I am learning how to use money. I have some savings. Sometimes I go to the vegetable market to buy vegetables for us. I buy the vegetables that I like best. I enjoy it. Every month I go to the market at the end of the month when I get my salary. I buy snacks and other things for myself. I celebrate all occasions here. I never celebrated my birthday with my family, but here I am celebrating my birthday and sharing cake with my Basha family every year. This year I managed to get an address for my family, but they didn’t want me to visit them. I am sad about that, but I am happy that I have good people here who love, care, and support me so much. My dream is to save enough money to buy a little land where I can live. When I came here, I had nine months of training and did not earn well. Now I am earning well because everyone is always encouraging me. I have a good house mother here who cries with me when I cry, and I can tell her my pain. It makes me feel her love for me. She knows what I love to do and what I like to eat. Now I have hope for my life.
Thank you and the Basha team for sharing your story with us. We admire your hard work and compassion to make the world a better place.