F14: Sudara Goods, welcome to Freedom Fortnight! We've been big fans of yours for years and are so glad you could join in!
Sudara: We're delighted to join you!
F14: Okay, we're really excited to hear about your progress and what you have in the works, so let's get right into it.
PROGRESS TO CELEBRATE
F14: Do you have something specific that you have made progress on in the past year (however large or small!) that you would like to highlight to people who care about anti-trafficking, so we can celebrate together?
Sudara: This past December, we celebrated the opening of the Sunetha Home — which was made possible because of donations by customers and supporters through our non-profit arm, Sudara Freedom Fund. This home is providing safe-housing, meals, and an education for 10 girls who were growing up in a red-light district of India.
F14: Wow! Way to go customers and supporters of Sudara! Opening a home is a big deal.
We know you from your fabulous Punjammies (we have a couple pair and have given them as gifts, too... full-length, capri and men's! Haven't gotten any kids' yet... They're on the shopping list for our brave little world changers), but we didn’t know about all of the positive impact happening through Sudara Freedom Fund!
We know that you help provide employment for women who have exited situations of commercial sexual exploitation, why begin a home for these 10 girls?
Sudara: These girls were at the highest risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation and being forced into the sex trade, girls whose mothers may never be able to fully exit the sex trade, but who want a different and safer future for their daughters.
This was an important initiative to us because whenever we talk with our NGO partners about even more ways to break the generational cycle of sex slavery and trafficking, we hear about the need for safe housing and schooling for the children of commercial sex workers. We celebrate the girls who are living in this home and the opportunities that are now possible for their future. We also look forward to working with Sudara Freedom Fund to open even more homes like this in the coming years.
F14: Okay. Not going to lie. Just teared up watching that. Single tear rolled down the ol' left cheek.
And breaking the generational bondage of sex slavery.... Wow. Just wow. We are honoured to celebrate with you!!!
(Excuse us if we're a little verklepmt, ehem, sniffle... High fives & hugs...)
HOW CAN SOMEONE HELP WITH WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW/NEXT?
F14: Do you have an initiative/or project you’re working on this year that people could get involved with/help with/support?
Sudara: We are excited to release a yoga line at the beginning of June!
F14: Yoga-choca-latte-ya-ya! Woot-woot! That sounds exciting... in a mellow namaste downward dog/sun salutation sort of way ; ) Can you tell us anything about what to expect?
Sudara: The collection will feature a flowy tank and the most comfortable yoga pants we’ve ever worn (we tried on a lot…)
F14: Hey, we just remembered, someone suggested this past Freecember that we add yoga into our "regime" (we're not as limber as we used to be...).
But if we're not into yoga (but we're in to champagne), can we wear these as activewear or just for the morning coffee run?
Sudara: Well, sure... there's also a super-soft sweatshirt that is perfect to wear after class. What we love most, though, is that each item is ethically made in Nepal through guaranteed fair-trade practices. And every purchase goes towards job-creation programs and services in both Nepal and India for those at a high risk of human trafficking.
F14: Okay, we're in. How do we get them when they come out in June?
Sudara: The best thing to do right now is sign up for our email list and get all of the latest and greatest news on not only yoga but all our upcoming news & promotions.
F14: Sounds good! What button do we click? Where?
Sudara: You can sign up at sudara.org. There's a place to enter your email right at the bottom of the page.
F14: Oh, and before you go... do you happen to have any sneak preview pics of the yoga line you can show us?
Sudara: ... hmmm. We can't show you the yoga line quite yet... find us on social media and you'll see some soon. Promise.
F14: Okay, we'll be watching out for them. Thanks for being with us today!
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