I am Pinjira. I came from a very poor family and was one of eight children. I wasn’t able to finish my studies. I was married when I was 14 years old. My parents didn’t have enough money to pay a dowry for me. Because of this, my husband and in-laws were physically abusing me every day. I have one daughter. I came to Basha because I wanted to change my life. I started to dream for my daughter’s future. I admitted her to school this year. I don’t want her to have the same life I have had. I want to work hard and to give her good food and a good education.

I am so happy. I feel proud that now I am working in a safe place. I am not living in fear. I am not being abused. I did work at one time in a biscuit factory. We stood for ten hours a day with no chance for rest. At Basha I get time for rest if I need it. I get fair wages. I want people to buy my blankets and to know about me. I will work hard for a better life for me and my daughter. I am now happy with my life.