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Searching for Hope
“I’m from a small and poor village in the northeastern part of my country. Growing up, my family was so poor that we didn’t even have a roof. When I was a teenager, I decided to leave my village and move to the city. I traveled twenty-two hours from my hometown to get there. Quickly, I was overwhelmed by the challenges of living in a big city by myself, so I ended up working in a brothel.
Hope Came Searching for Her
While working in the brothels, Artisan community outreach volunteers came and visited me. The outreach teams offered me a job making jewelry and I have been working here since then.
Some of the most significant memories at the Artisan community have been my counseling sessions. They’ve helped me in so many areas. The biggest change I’ve noticed in myself since joining the community is the change in my attitude. I’ve become a more mature and patient person. I’m now able to control my emotions and feel like I’m a better mother because of it.” – Bai, Artisan in Asia
*Trades of Hope is excited to celebrate this update from our Artisan partners in North Asia about Bai:
Bai is currently working in our headquarters city and living with her daughter. Bai’s daughter is in elementary school, and is able to stay with Bai because of the child education grants we provide. With the high cost of schooling, oftentimes parents have to send their children back to their hometown to live with their grandparents. Bai has also recently passed her Microsoft Outlook Certification test!