Taslima

Taslima’s Story

This is Taslima’s story, told through the eyes of the Aruna Project Founder, Ryan Berg. Each quarter, in the same office, I gather the newest artisans and share about the heart of Aruna and our future direction. I share that the company is made for them and by them. It is made for them as…

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Nazma

Nazma’s Story

  When she first came into the room, Nazma’s hair was oily and matted, her skin was fraught with marks from others and her eyes were tired. It was her first day of employment with the Aruna Project. For her, it was not a day of celebration. It was a day of evaluation. What dangers…

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Noorjahan

Noorjahan’s Story

  After having wed at a young age and, soon after, giving birth to a daughter, Noorjahan’s husband became increasingly irritated with her. The irritation grew into anger – the anger into something more sinister. She soon found herself in a brothel. Her daughter was sent back to her village. Her husband had rid himself…

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Monica

Monica’s Story

  “My life means nothing.” On the third floor of a brothel in a small, cramped room with four beds separated by pull curtains, Soni voiced her despair. I had asked Soni, Sapana, Meena and Anjali about their future. Each had been sold into the brothel and longed to be free from it and the…

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Fairoz

Fairoz’s Story

  Fairoz was born in a brothel, which ensured she would have little choice concerning the direction of her life. Her mother’s abuse was foresight into her own future – a future that, no matter how much she sought to avoid it, would inevitably come to pass. That is the definition of despair. “At my…

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