We Free, We Empower, We Employ
The Aruna Project brings and sustains freedom through employment marked by holistic care to sexually exploited women in India.
The network of 5K races across the country are the catalyst for the freedom process with money from the runs flowing into their training center in the heart of one of the largest red-light districts in Mumbai. This training center serves as a freedom accelerator, where women who are still working in the brothels can come to receive counseling and skill/trade development.
Once empowered with skills and choice, the women are offered employment in Aruna's Freedom Business, where they receive a living wage, counseling, retirement savings, transitional housing, and healthcare.
As employees, they continue their training to become skilled Artisans, producing a beautiful line of hand-made bags and headbands that are available for purchase on the Aruna website: www.arunaproject.com/shop. The proceeds from the sale of the products goes back into the holistic care each Artisan receives.