According to the Global Slavery Index, there are estimated to be over 40 million people living in modern day slavery. Last year, I got to meet a handful of emboldened, strong and brave survivors living in India. Each of their stories is unique, but they all survived bonded labor slavery. This specific type of violence is when small amount of money is borrowed for an urgent need and, in return, they promise to work off the debt. Unbeknownst to them, their debt can never actually be repaid due to illegal interest. The families work grueling hours in the hot sun, their children are not allowed to go to school, they are not allowed to seek medical help and violence is common.
Gratefully, there are men and women, just like you and me, working tirelessly to protect the vulnerable and ensure their freedom.
These survivors were rescued. Their beautiful story of restoration continues.
This project of block-printed table linens is one of many hopeful projects in which we purchase the products from survivor vendors and bring them to you. Thank you for being part of this journey.