Sari Bari – Who Made It

Sari Bari makes and sells beautiful, handmade products.  At the heart of Sari Bari is its women, survivors of Kolkata’s red light areas who have taken brave steps into new life, freedom and hope.  Each Sari Bari product is marked with the name of the woman who made it and with your purchase you become a part of her freedom story.

Aduri Name

Our friend Aduri has an amazing eye for details and the steady endurance of a tree.  We enjoy watching as she blossoms from time to time.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2009


Quiet, but strong, Anima is driven for freedom!  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


Quiet and hardworking, she extends grace and patience to her coworkers.  Freedom Birthday:  June 2010


Friendly and kind, Arjina is a hard and determined worker.  She has a great smile and loves to chime in with her share of jokes!  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2000


A wonderful storyteller and friend to all the ladies. She has an amazingly contagious laugh.  We love to hear her tell a story and laugh so hard she can’t speak.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


Sassy with a soft heart.  She is a mother lioness and a hard worker.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2006


Adventurous and always excited to try something new.  Arpita has a mother’s nurturing heart and brings a positive attitude with her each day.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


Beautiful, kind and hardworking.  We love our friend Asha.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2007


She doesn’t speak up much, but her mind is always whirring away.  Sitting across from her you won’t be able to stop yourself from asking, “Penny for your thoughts.”  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Like the tortoise in the familiar fable of the tortoise and the hare, Bashanti’s steadiness and reliability inspire those around her.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


Our gorgeous Sari Bari grandmother.  If you need food she’ll feed you or if you need a hug she will be the first to embrace you.  Se is brave and protective, fighting hard for the freedom of those around her.  Freedom Birthday:  January, 2008


Smart, kind and tender, Bida stuns us with her brilliance and desire to keep going even in difficult circumstances!  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


She has a clear mind, a quiet spirit, and is determined to create a better life for herself and her family.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Sweet and funny, she is always ready with a joke or funny story to make heavy days lighter, and her contagious laugh makes everyone smile.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


A beautiful seamstress, she’s so good we asked her to train the other ladies.  She mothers and leads with beautiful dignity.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


The speed of her stitching and her commitment to provide for her family are only matched by her bright smile.  Freedom Birthday:  November, 2010


Quiet and hardworking, she keeps her patience and shows us grace.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2008


Confident and hardworking, she loves her family and has an ornery streak that comes out when you least expect it.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009

Dolly KG

Full of sass and never-ending stories to tell, Dolly adds the perfect amount of “spice” to Sari Bari.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2011


When you first meet her, you might be tempted to think that she is timid, but after a few minutes she’ll show you her passionate, fun-loving heart, mixed with her tenacious mother’s heart.  Drubotara is a treasure.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


Some people, like Fugiya, carry a presence of peace with them wherever they go, whatever they do.  Her peaceful spirit is a gift to all around.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


She has a ready smile and friendly heart; we love just being around Gita!  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2009


She exemplifies a quiet strength.  Though she doesn’t say a lot throughout the day, she has resilience and determination that speaks for itself.


Passionate connector with all people.  She has been a light for many girls that she has brought through the doors of Sari Bari. It is a joy to share life with her.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009.


A hard worker with amazing patience, her name means imagination, and we imagine a beautiful future for her.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


She has a beautiful heart, is a great friend and a hard worker.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2010


An enthusiastic go-getter, Krishna is quick with a hug, a smile, and is tenacious about learning.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2012


She is always wearing a smile, and always ready to have some fun.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Remember your favorite Aunt, the one that smells like fresh baked cookies and gives warm hugs?  This is our Lokki, everyone’s favorite Aunt.  Freedom Birthday:  April 2010.


Focused and determined, she sews with a deep desire for freedom for herself and her family.  She walks with natural confidence and a little does of sass to keep things fun!  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009

Laxmi KG

Young and impressionable, she is everyone’s little sister and we love that she has such a bright future ahead!  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2009


What a gift Rina’s sensitive heart is!  She is quick with a story and to share her heart, and if you pay attention, even for just a minute she will crack you up!  Freedom Birthday:  April, 2012


She laughs all day long.  She tells great stories that keep everyone laughing along with her.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2010


Our Sari Bari resident mother has a quiet leadership that holds us all together.  We named our new sling bag after Minu because she, like most mothers, ha a very strong opinion about it!  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


Lighthearted and hilarious, Mira’s jokes and laughter spread joy to everyone she meets.  Freedom Birthday:  April 2012


She is always thinking about her family and her future.  Though quiet in nanture, she exemplifies strength.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2010


Mocheda has a story for every occasion.  A good story too!  Between her stories, and her absolute trust in others, Mocheda keeps the office in stitches.  Freedom Birthday:  April, 2012


She is always looking for a new friend, and her vibrant smile and open heart are impossible to resist.  Mousumi’s dedication to freedom is breathtaking.  Freedom Birthday:  April, 2010


Mukti means freedom in Bengali and is the first name that every woman at Sari Bari is given.  Mukti is every woman at Sari Bari!


Friendly and kin, she makes friends with ease and creates space for others to grow.  The tote bag was named after Namita, because she has given many hours to making this bag special.  Freedom Birthday: September, 2008


She may keep to herself, but don’t let that fool you.  Nisha is playful, a bit ornery, and has an unbelievably generous heart.  Freedom Birthday:  September, 2010

Noor Jahan

Quiet, confident and lovely.  We appreciate her hard work and kind smile.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2008


Quiet strength and a beautiful heart.  We love the way she leads the women by working by their side so that everyone succeeds.  Our bamboo handle bag was named after Parul who perfected it and made attaching those difficult bamboo handles possible!  Freedom Birthday:  July, 2007


Full of attitude and sass, Priti has a tough exterior but a tender heart.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


She shows up for work every day, without fail, and she works all day long.  Protima is quiet, and her steady presence encourages everyone around.


Full of imagination and dreams for the future, Puja adds a sweet spirit to Sari Bari.  Freedom Birthday:  September, 2010


Tender, determined and loyal.  We love Purnima’s quiet focus and friendly heart!  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009

Purnima KG

Her gentle heart and sweet smile will brighten up any room.  She’s slow to complain and quick to ask about your day.  Freedom Birthday:  September, 2010


Full of joy and a willingness to embrace everyone.  She is a wonderful, committed mother.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2007


It’s hard to say what makes Reba so endearing:  is it her smile?  Her stories?  Or her eagerness to help out the other ladies when they’re in need?  Freedom Birthday:  September, 2010


Always ready with a witty comment or a funny impersonation, Rekha adds laughter and life to Sari Bari, and isn’t afraid to laugh at her own jokes.  Freedom Birthday:  April, 2010

Rekha P

The prevention unit’s resident storyteller.  Animated and full of life, her stories will catch your ear.  Her resilience and dedication to her family will inspire you.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Resident comedian and jokster.  If you need a good laugh or a good cry spend time with Rina.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2007


Rinku’s light-heartedness and laughter bring people together.  She is quick to share a smile, and you won’t be able to help but smile with her.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Her words may be few, but her smile can light up a room.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2010


A natural leader, full of patience and kindness.  She brings the community together with strength and her compassionate heart.  She now leads full time as the Assistant Manager at the new Sari Bari Unit.


She is bravely facing a new hopeful future and making a new way for her family.  Freedom Birthday:  June, 2010



So quiet you might miss her overwhelmingly beautiful smile if you’re not paying attention.  She exemplifies peach and steadfast patience with herself and others.  Freedom Birthday:  April, 2010

Saraswati D

Saraswati has one of those laughs that brings a smile to your face, no matter what else is going on.  Don’t let her small stature fool you, Saraswati is a force to be reackoned with.  Freedom Birthday:  March, 2011


A compassionate tender heart.  Believes in the dream for freedom and is walking with other women to bring them out of the sex trade.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2006


Dedicated, focused and hard working, Shakina is a great sewer and dear sister.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2006


Fastest hand in the east.  She is fully motivated to live in freedom and make something better for her family.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


Quiet and reserved, she takes steps toward freedom with grace and determination.  Freedom Birthday:  September, 2008


Dedicated and steady, she is making her way to a new life and some sweet sewing skills.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2009


A quiet strength radiates from Shankari.  She is loyal, strong, and gentle.  Shankari is the type of person you want in your corner.  You know you can depend on her, and she’ll be there until the end.  Freedom Birthday:  July, 2012


Shika is the life of the party.  If you want to know the latest dance moves or keep up wit the newest fashions, Shika is the one to check with.  She’ll make sure to keep your fashion in line with the times.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


Kind and gentle, she is a hard worker and example of steadfastness to the other ladies.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


Wise and full of grace.  We love her melodic conversation and attention to detail.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2007


A patient young woman with a quiet and beautiful nature.  Freedom birthda:  June, 2010


A wonderful dancer with a beautiful smile.  Freedom Birthday:  December, 2007


Our social butterfly is always looking for an opportunity to get dressed up.  She easily finds reasons to celebrate, and encourages those around her to join in the fun.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Everyone’s little sister, Suporna always has a story to tell.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Our loving flower is shy, yet bold.  She is a humble leader who is always read with a smile even as she speedily works through the day.  Freedom Birthday:  July, 2007


She doesn’t have a lot to say, but her hands are fast, her focus sure.  Tagori is dedicated to working hard and earning for her family.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


With a sharp mind and fierce dedication, she is the type of person you want in your corner.  Freedom Birthday:  February, 2011


Brimming with life, joy, and laughter.  She is a natural leader and incredibly hard worker.  She lights up a room with her personality and spunk – even under the most difficult circumstances.  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


Toi has a strong mind.  She is not one to be swayed by the opinions around her, but walks confidently in the path she knows is right.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


Laid back and quiet at first glance, but get to know her and you’ll see a great sense of humor and welcoming spirit that is incredibly valuable to our community!  Freedom Birthday:  August, 2009


With a soft heart, and a kind spirit, we are all lucky to know Tushi.  She loves to hear a good story, and her gentle presence is a gift to all who cross her path.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012


Uma loves to learn and understand.  She may be small, but her heart is huge, and her smile will stay with you long after you’ve left the prevention unit.  Freedom Birthday:  May, 2012