Chande was born in the Kandi area of Murshidabad. At 8 years old she went blind in one eye from Chicken Pox and because her family is poor she has lived with her shriveled useless eye for years.
At 18 and with no hope of being married, her mother brought her to Sonagacchi.
I guess the thinking was, at least she could provide some income for the family through prostitution rather than being a burden.
The day after Chande arrived, she stumbled on the Tamar Center, Freeset’s drop-in center located on the main street of Sonagacchi. The next day Mena took me to where Chande was staying and I had the chance to meet her mother. Having heard their story I was compelled to offer Chande a job on the spot–she hadn’t yet begun working in the trade. I will never forget her mother, crying in the corner of this little room, tears of joy and hope because her little girl has got a chance of future.
As we talking a little more her mother began to tell me about her younger daughter, 14 years old with no hope for a future too. Well, now there is. We’ll be visiting Chande’s younger sister in the village in Mushidabad so that she is never brought to Sonagacchi in the first place.
Chande’s been working for two weeks now and doing really well. Her smile is infectious and we’re investigating a new cosmetic eye. She’s beautiful and marriage now is definitely not out of the question.
Freeset helps free women from human trafficking to live in freedom-moving from being the product, to making products.
How can you help? Buy a Freeset bag and be a part of the freedom story. Every woman is provided medical insurance, retirement, daycare for their children, classes to learn how to read and write, and three times the wage they would receive “in line.”
Kristi blogs at KristiGriem.com.