Karma and Nyima grew up in poverty in the mountains of Tibet. Lured by the promise of work in India, they left their two-year-old son behind in the care of his grandparents with the idea that they’d come back for him once they were settled. They were unable to find jobs, yet without the proper paperwork, they were stuck in India and apart from their son for three years.
Karma and Nyima finally found work at one of our partner businesses, Karma as a stitcher and Nyima as a block printer. We helped them obtain documentation so that Karma could finally return to Tibet for her son, Sonam. She walked for two weeks over the mountains, by foot, to be reunited with him.
Both Karma and Nyima are excellent workers who have been promoted to management. They are able to send Sonam to a good school and, with a small loan, were able to purchase a scooter for the family. They have benefited from English and computer classes. And thanks to good healthcare, they welcomed a healthy baby girl, Namsel, in 2015. Because we’ve made our workplaces child-friendly with a nursery, playground, and full-time nanny, mothers like Karma can continue working after they have babies. The dual income is important to the family, as is the community Karma has found at work.
Karma and Nyima are so happy to know that Sonam and Namsel will not grow up in poverty as they did. The cycle is broken: not only do their children have a future, but they also have a loving support network.