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Deepa Silver Hoop Earrings

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These earrings are a fan favorite - our most popular earrings, and they were designed by one of our survivors!  The beautiful hammered texture and domed shape of these ethically made earrings create a simple and exquisite classic that are sure to become your go-to earrings for work or play (unless you are playing rugby, in which case, don't wear earrings at all)

  • Sterling silver hoop earrings
  • Sterling silver ear wires
  • Handmade in India
  • Socially and environmentally responsible
  • 1" tall

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Deepa Silver Hoop Earrings

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We first met the designer of these earrings - Deepa - and discovered her artistic talents, during our annual volunteer trip, when we were painting a mural at a shelter home for survivors outside Calcutta. This young woman, who was then 18, shone immediately as a gifted painter and draftsperson. She ended up drawing 75% of the animals in the mural, and helped us trace all the other girls' drawings onto the wall. Since then, we have often called upon her for help with touch-ups or for other mural projects.  Deepa is a natural leader and now one of the top producers in our jewelry program, as well as an ecstatic new wife and mom!

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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.