After a year of battling an aggressive cancer and selling their belongings to fund medical costs, Lan’s husband passed away. Lan was left alone with no way to provide for her son. When a cousin offered her a job in a brothel disguised as a massage parlor, Lan found herself tricked into a life that she would have never chosen for herself. With nowhere else to turn, Lan stayed to provide for her family.
When COVID-19 struck their city, neighborhoods were locked down, and Lan was left without work. But our Artisan Partner’s Outreach Team found a way to deliver care packages and essential items to Lan and other women – and they invited Lan to begin a new life with a stable job making jewelry.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lan reflects, “I jumped at the chance to change my life and be a good example to my son.” Lan is now a respected employee at the Artisan Workshop where Storyline Collection styles are made and is able to provide for her family while recognizing her worth and potential.