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Brass Rupee Earrings

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New! Four dainty, brass hammered discs, arranged into a diamond shape with handmade jump rings, distinguish this beautiful, modern design by Dianna Badalament. 

  • Brass disc earrings
  • Sterling Silver earring wires
  • .75" tall, exclusive of ear wires
  • Made in India
  • Ethical and sustainable

The survivors came Survivors hanging out with friendsup with the name 'Rupee earrings' for this design because "Everyone can use a few more rupees!"  Working in our jewelry programs has provided many survivors with the income they need to move out of shelters and live independently for the first time in their lives.  As Rani describes her new life  'Now that I earn my own living, my brothers and father no longer tell me what to do.   I decide when to work, when to go out, when to watch a movie or when to do housework'.  Watching movies and doing housework may not seem like monumental decisions to us, but for survivors of slavery or severe domestic violence, these simple choices are a gift which they never take for granted.


Brass Rupee Earrings

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Falling like pennies from heaven, the Rupee Earrings are all about being flush; an exciting, new feeling for the Survivors with whom we work! A crux of MBS philosophy is "ensured emancipation through economic independence". These earrings are a reflection of that philosophy and all the wonderful things that go a long with it: the feeling of responsibility, a job well done, that first paycheck, deciding what to spend it on, and, having that decision be your own. Lastly, finally starting to feel your own personal strength, power, and ultimately, feeling free.

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Calcutta Jewelry TeamThe MBS Jewelry Centers – including the pilot program in Calcutta, the Mumbai Center, and the Jalpaiguri/Darjeeling Center  are some of our most exciting new initiatives. These centers are training some of India’s first women goldsmiths, offering intensive (paid) high level skills training, followed by long-term, fairly paid employment.

Survivors at the centers are designing and manufacturing jewelry in precious and semi-precious metals. They also serve as peer trainers for new trainees. Jewelry making in India has traditionally only been done by men, and by members of specific castes. It is a highly respected and prestigious skill which enables survivors to overcome the stigma of trafficking and forced prostitution.  

Many of our artisans are survivors of human trafficking and brothel slavery who have been rescued in raids and have spent several years in local aftercare shelters are also in need of help and opportunities if they are to leave the shelters, live independently, and support themselves.  Others are at high risk because they were born into brothel communities or in rural villages with a high incidence of trafficking.  Some are survivors or child marriage, severe domestic violence or other human rights violations.

Typically, girls are trafficked between the ages of 11 and 14 from impoverished rural areas in India, Bangladesh or Nepal. They are sold as slaves in brothels, where they endure severe physical, sexual and emotional abuse and torture. Those fortunate enough to be rescued from slavery face continuing extreme challenges in rejoining mainstream society. It is a struggle to rejoin society because of social stigma and a lack of job options, education or skills.

Survivor Jeweler in Made By Survivors Mumbai Program

We see a dramatic change in the behavior and confidence of our survivors through this program. At first they are timid and unwillingly to look you in the eye. After six months they are laughing, speaking out, and maintaining eye contact. After a year, they are solving production problems, and challenging us to match their determination and energy. We see survivors progress from shelter-dependence to total independence. Many of our survivors are remarkable for their courage in rescuing others, spreading awareness of trafficking and slavery, and advocating for the rights of women and girls.