Stories of Freedom

Sudara Stories: Ayanna

January 14, 2018

We love sharing stories of the women who are employed or attending a skills-training program at one of our partner centers in India. The Sudara Stories series highlights a few of these strong, amazing women. Today, we are honored to introduce Ayanna.


Ayanna’s Story of Hope and Freedom

Ayanna comes from a very poor family. Her husband works as an autorickshaw driver and was not bringing in enough money to make ends meet. As a family, they were finding it very hard to sustain their expenses and send their children to school with just one income. Ayanna wanted to help her family but felt trapped because she was not educated and had no employable skills to market. Seeing her struggle, Ayanna’s friends helped her enroll in a beautician course at one of our partner centers. With the help of a micro-loan and her husband’s support she was able to set up a very small beautician shop in her house and soon she started having customers. Today, she is not only able to help support her family financially, she is able to feel confident and strong.

Thank you for investing in and empowering women like Ayanna to create a new life for herself. You can read more Sudara Stories here. And, find the Punjammies we named in honor and celebration of Ayanna here.

*Photo and name have been changed for identity protection and personal safety

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