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Sewing New Futures | India


Sewing New Futures works within a community in Najafgarh, on the outskirts of Delhi, India. Due to the community’s caste status, the people living here are unable to participate in traditional jobs. To survive, families marry off their daughters at puberty. Once married, women and girls are forced into sex work to sustain themselves and their families. Without education or options, these women spend their lives as prostitutes – even paying bride price to their own family.

The Perna community wants to change, but it’s difficult to evolve without knowing another way. Sewing New Futures works with women to provide paid training and mentorship as they learn about sewing, appliqué, textiles. With these skills, women gain a sustainable income while applying their creative talent and vision to artisanal work.


Sewing New Futures is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and every purchase you make has a purpose. 


The money earned goes toward career training, education, medical care, and social services. Most importantly, sales of these goods benefit the women who are brave enough to disregard their cultural norms and refuse a life of prostitution. 

These women have been able to earn, save money, and learn new skills allowing them to gain confidence and increase their self-esteem.  A few women have taken this new confidence to move forward and act as leaders in their community to promote further positive changes.

You may not think of yourself as an activist, but your support will change lives.



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