Farida Hasan Bapu
The first woman to be part of the project was Farida. She’s improving her life with Project Três’ support to overcome the years of abuse she lived through and was able to leave her 18 daily hours casino job and start to structure her own business as a babysitter in Goa. Recently Farida started to learn how to read and write and her 4 children have got their study expenses covered by Project Três supporters.
Partnership: Make Love Not Scars + Project Três
This NGO from New Delhi works with acid attack survivors and supports them in many ways, including covering most of their surgical and medical needs. This act of violence is very popular in India and some of the long-term consequences for the attack survivors.
The survivors involved in the project say that initially, they could never imagine it would be possible to make such beautiful accessories out of recycled materials, and they never imagined themselves learning a new skill like this one, since they never had opportunities. Now they feel it is possible to have a future with more beauty and without violence.
Our team in New Delhi: Basanti and Mamta
Lalita and Family
Lalita, 25 years old, joined the project in December 2016. Now she works full time for Project Três, has access to basic needs and can afford the alimentation cost for her and her two children. After a few months, her mother Enkubai, who used to work 9 hours per day in inhumane condition, joined the project and is now healthy and working with us. This year her older daughter Veda, 5 years old, will be going to school for the first time, supported by our project.
Rupa's Goan Team
Right now, we also provide jobs to another 20 women in India.
Our group has different skills and besides producing our necklaces, we're also making accessories such as bags, backpacks, pillowcases, kimonos.
Currently, we're partnering with brands who identify with our beliefs, aiming to create sustainable jobs for the women in our project and supplying high-quality articles and meaningful products to brands around the world.
Our team in Goa: Rupa, Neeta, Muskan, Sharmila, Bhageshwari,
Manojdevi, Laxmi, Sarita, Sneha, Gangu, Rajesri, Nilima.
Nairobi - Project Três + Hai Africa Team
In October 2017 we started a partnership with a Brazilian NGO in Nairobi, Kenya.
This NGO is called Hai Africa and provides healthy food and humanized education to over 30 kids in Kabiria, a slum area in Nairobi.
In Kenya we work with 12 women who are mostly single mothers, having as well in our group divorced, housewives and refugees. These women are mothers of the kids from Hai Africa, who didn’t have job opportunities and handcraft skills before our work there started.
At the moment, we are able to produce soapstone goods, bags out of recycled cement bags, sisal baskets, and handmade bracelets.
Now, combining the empowerment of the mothers with the educational and nutritional work being done by Hai, we can already say that the Kabiria community is witnessing improved times.