Global Grassroots 2011 Year-End Magazine - Page 27

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Global Grassroots 2011

with their male partners, informing them that they now understand their rights.

The school is is able to generate income to support their ongoing operating costs by selling fabric shopping bags made by the women. In the past two years they have supplied fabric bags for two conferences, one national and one international. These contracts have allowed them to purchase more sewing machines and cover salaries for several months at a time.

According to school leaders, all women from the first graduating class have left the sex industry and have formed their own sewing cooperative. The cooperative will allow them to solicit larger contracts, develop a credit and loan scheme, and continue to support one another.

photo by Laya Madsen

photo by Laya Madsen

photo by Laya Madsen