If you haven’t heard of Basha prior to this post, I urge you to go check out their website and learn more firsthand. https://bashaboutique.com/ They are one of my favorite organizations, EVER. Here’s a VERY brief explanation: “Basha creates high quality, unique, handmade products which reflect the love for the traditions of Bangladesh while employing women at risk and survivors of trafficking.” They are doing things right.
Friends. It’s so hard for me to try to convey an experience that requires CONTEXT. It would take days to TRY to explain the country of Bangladesh with all it’s cultural nuances. That’s a huge part of being able to truly understand. I want to sit here and tell you the names of the women of Basha and the powerful stories they have to tell. I want you to know their hearts and where they’ve come from. I want you to know what they have overcome and the hope they have. I want you to FEEL all the emotions and experience all the JOY. These women have endured unfathomable tragedy but are now breaking the cycles of poverty and abuse and exploitation. The Basha women are legit superstars. LEGIT FRIGGIN’ SUPERSTARS.
I hope the following images speak louder and clearer than I can.
Also, my friend Marita recounts one of our experiences so beautifully here: http://kahiniwalla.com/blog/dignity-restored/?fbclid=IwAR2dvuvFnC1nRYpyJzi-oJTyse8E6Xpv_Rqe5087WY8mt73SauvLfkN6otg