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Monsoon Earrings

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Intriguing and modern sterling silver earrings with an ethnic influence, 2.2" long (exclusive of ear wire) with lavender crystal accent bead, designed by Dianna Badalament for the MBS Jewelry Program in India. These earrings showcase several techniques which the survivors master as part of their extensive training, including hammer texturing and wire-bending. Made at the MBS Jewelry Centers in Calcutta and Mumbai.


Monsoon Earrings

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Monsoon season is a most anticipated part of the year throughout India. The rains not only bring relief from the extreme heat of soaring summer temperatures, but also brings the necessary water for India's agriculture. In our Jewelry Studios', our artisans not only find inspiration in the storms, but, also nourishment as the rains mean a bountiful crop harvest to keep their belly's full. These earrings represent the monsoon rains: streams of water from with lots of movement as the rain plummets from the cloudy sky.

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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.