“Sari Bari is a safe place of employment where women who have been exploited in the sex trade or who are vulnerable to trafficking can experience a new life in the making. The name “Sari Bari” comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. In India, a sari represents the essence of womanhood. The word bari mean “house or home” in the Bengali language.” This place is amazing. I interned with a different branch of the same organization, and I love their humanizing and humble philosophy of ministry. Sari Bari teaches women in India how to make bags, blankets, and other things, out of recycled Saris. The things that are made there are beautiful (I own two), and they give the women a way to make a living while also providing the women with counseling, community, and spiritual support. You can support them in one of many ways, and supporting them is today’s suggestion of how to change the world
1. You can make a quilt for their annual quilt auction. They send you saris, you send them a quilt made from these saris. They auction off these quilts as a major fundraiser every year.
2. You can buy their products. Like I said, I have two Sari Bari bags and I can honestly say that they are ridiculously affordable, beautiful, and fashionable. I get compliments about one of them all the time.
3. You can donate to them through Word Made Flesh. A lot of their work isn’t connected to their for-profit business, and by donating you can help to cover the expenses of the impact that is being made in the Calcutta Red Light District thanks to Sari Bari.