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Tree of Life Sterling Silver Necklace

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Limited Edition - Sterling silver heart, designed by Soma Seal, features tiny branches cut by hand into a silver heart, on 18" sterling silver snake chain. An exquisite handmade gift to treasure forever!

  • Sterling Silver heart pendant with hand-cut Tree design
  • Handcrafted in India
  • 1" pendant on 18" sterling silver snake chain
  • Eco-friendly and fair trade

I'm so inspried by Soma Seal, our peer trainer and jewelry program supervisor, who recently helped launch a new program for survivors in remote Jalpaiguri, India - 14 hours by train from her home in Calcutta. Soma is the mother of two young children, and it requires extensive planning and logistics for her to manage her kids' needs while she is traveling, something I can really relate to as a working mom. Soma is happy to do it because she sees in these new survivor-trainees a tremendous need for some mother-love and counseling.   The level of trauma in this new group is unusually high.  Many are recently rescued, or have been in uniquely damaging situations - like the girl who spent her entire childhood living on the railway tracks, or the one who was forced into two child marriages before the age of 15, or the girl who was trafficked by relatives who turned her away when she ran away and begged for refuge. Soma is great at working with these girls because she comes from a similar community, speaks multiple languages fluently, and is blessed with an inherent wisdom and compassion: Whenever I am in her presence, I feel nurtured and heard, and it is beautiful to see the way the survivors respond to her. Help Soma and Made By Survivors provide a great future for these survivors, by buying her amazing Tree of Life necklace!

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Tree of Life Sterling Silver Necklace

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The Tree of Life is a revered symbol in many religions, philosophies, and mythologies, both ancient and modern, around the world. Science even has links to a Tree of Life. The symbolism alludes to the interconnections of life at its loosest interpretation, and has meaning for many as the roots reach to the underworld, the trunk is in this world and the branches reach to heaven.

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Beautiful Necklace! Review by Jennifer
I received this necklace for my birthday in March and have worn it almost every day since then. I am constantly asked about it, which gives me the opportunity to share information about Made By Survivors and the great work they are doing. I have many pieces of jewelry from Made By Survivors and they are all beautiful. (Posted on 9/1/13)

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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.