Meet Our Artisans: Lun is a true success story. As a teenager, she fled a harsh military dictatorship in Burma (Myanmar). As an ethnic and religious minority, staying in Burma meant lifelong poverty and forced labor at the hands of the military. Lun ended up in Malaysia where she worked long hours as an undocumented migrant for several years until she and her new husband (who she met while working there) were granted refugee status and resettled in the United States.
Lun learned to sew through Forai almost 6 years ago. A quick learner, she is now our best seamstress and makes the majority of our textile products. She and her husband have 4 small children that she cares for at home. Her husband is a hard worker, but his English is poor, limiting his earning power. He works packaging pasta to support their family of 6. Working for Forai from home on her own timetable, Lun earns enough to significantly supplement her family’s income. In addition to her sewing skills, the English skills she has acquired through regular interaction with her Forai mentor puts her in a position to fill other roles in Forai as our work expands. Thanks to a generous grant from the Women's Foundation of St. Louis, Lun will be hired for the additional role of Sewing Team Assistant in June 2017 where she will be helping with the logistical and administrative side of textile projects.