We Are Sudara

The Sudara Story: Empowering Women and Girls

November 26, 2016
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Women at Sewing Center Partner ©PaulaWattsPhotography

Did you know that Sudara is a benefit corporation? This means that we are a mission-driven company.  And that our success is not just measured or defined in sales and revenue, but in our positive social impact and creating long-term, sustainable change.

We exist to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities.

Since Sudara’s first sewing-center partnership in 2006, we’ve learned that a living-wage employment opportunity is a vital part of empowering a woman to create a new life for herself. And, through your purchases of Punjammies® and Sudara goods, you’ve partnered with us to empower hundreds of women in India to live in freedom from exploitation. You can read a few of their stories here.

We’ve also learned that employment opportunities are not enough to create the long-term, sustainable change we truly care about. We must provide a level of care that allows a woman to heal from the past and facilitate training that leads to a self-sufficient future. Thus, we pay our sewing-center partners a premium that goes towards medical care and counseling. This premium also goes towards job-placement services and micro-loans for women who would like to start a business of their own.

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Child at Back to School Program ©PaulaWattsPhotography

Sudara Freedom Fund

When we became a benefit corporation, we also created a non-profit, Sudara Freedom Fund to help us deepen our social impact goals. Donations made during checkout at sudara.org go towards Sudara Freedom Fund and have helped fund safe-housing for women escaping trafficking, equipment for new or growing sewing centers, and back-to-school programs. One of our most recent opportunities, the Sunetha Home, is supporting long-term, systemic change by directly addressing issues that lead to generational sex work.

Sunetha Home

The Sunetha Home is providing safe-housing, meals, and an education for 10 girls growing up in a red-light district of India. Girls who are at the highest risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation and being forced into the sex trade.  Girls whose mothers may never be able to fully exit the sex trade, but who want a different, safer future for their daughters.

Update: With your amazing support, the Sunetha Home is fully funded and will be operational in 2017. Thank you for your generosity, your heart for empowering women and girls, and partnering with us for freedom.

Donations to Sudara Freedom Fund:
You can donate to Sudara Freedom Fund while you’re buying Sudara goods; just add a donation to your total at checkout. Want to make a donation now and shop later? You can directly donate here. All donations will go towards initiatives like Sunetha Home and empower even more women and girls to live in freedom. Questions? Email us: info@sudara.org

A sweet holiday greeting for you from the girls who live at Grace Home — the first home we helped support through Sudara Freedom Fund.

Thank you…

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate you for wearing and gifting Punjammies®, for partnering with us to create long-term, sustainable change, and for standing with us to empower women and girls.

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  • Reply Roseann Giambro September 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Question about sizing. Do the s and l stand for short and long?

    • Reply Erika September 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Hi Roseann! The ‘s’ stands for small and the ‘l’ stands for large.

  • Reply Matt Peterson February 28, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    We heard about you from another freedom business and are grateful for the work you do. Thank you! We are passionate about seeing freedom businesses growing and impacting lives. Again, thank you so much for your work! http://www.kairostraders.com

    • Reply Erika March 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you for the comment and kind words! We also appreciate the work you are doing to help social enterprises tell their stories and change the world!!

  • Reply Elisa carli January 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Are you a member of the fair trade federation?

    • Reply Erika February 7, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks for the question! We are not a member, but our suppliers meet or exceed all applicable fair trade standards.

  • Reply Kristi January 28, 2017 at 12:29 am

    How about ladies size 16 and 18 Australian in talls and regular?
    You only serve the Eastern and USA sizes and exclude the rest of the world.

    • Reply Erika January 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Kristi — Thank you for this feedback. Is there an Australian store that you think fits well? We’d love to look at their measurements and see what we may be able to do to improve.

  • Reply Patricia waterfield January 7, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Hi I would like to suggest that your clothing be made also in larger sizes. I, myself plus alot of other women would love to buy your clothing. But they don’t come in larger sizes. Thank you for your attention

    • Reply Erika January 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thank you for the feedback and taking a moment to comment! We appreciate that you want to support the cause. Is there a specific size range that you need?

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