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Women Who Inspire: Meet One of the Refugee Women Behind Everand

June 20th is World Refugee Day, and while it’s a day of celebration and recognition, empowering women has been a part of EVERAND’s story since day one.  All of our products are sewn by refugee women who are working to rebuild their life in Chicago.  Stitch by stitch, they are changing their story, and we wanted to take today to introduce you to one of them.

Judith Cing was forced to leave Myanmar to escape living under military regime rule.  She left with her husband hoping to rebuild their life in the USA.  The journey she made was in search of safety and freedom, but that doesn’t make it easy.  Starting a new life, in a new country, with a new language is incredibly difficult, and you don’t choose to do that unless you have been through incredible trauma and devastation

Judith started sewing pillows for EVERAND very early on in our journey and immediately became our go-to seamstress.  We adore working with her, and so value the exquisite work she does.  We interviewed Judith, with the help of an interpreter, hoping to give you a small glimpse into her life and truly celebrate the brave and resilient woman she is.

Tell us a little about your family and what led you to resettle in the United States?

It’s just me and my husband here in the U.S. The main reason we left Burma was because we didn’t want to stay under the military regime’s rule.

What do you like the most about living in Chicago?

I like everything about Chicago, especially in the summer. We can see the flowers blooming and it makes everything more beautiful.

Is there anything about living here in the United States that surprised you?

The most important thing is that people in the United States are really helpful. Regardless of your background, whether you’re poor or rich, they have helped me. When I don’t know something, they will patiently explain. That surprised me, how helpful people are.

Can you describe your favorite dish you like to cook? Do you have a favorite American food you've tried? 

My favorite dishes are beans and chicken cooked together. The only American food I’ve tried are the hamburgers.  They’re just fine.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

There’s nothing special I like more than doing my job. Sewing is my favorite, and the rest I just have to do. I’m really happy working with Everand.

Purchasing from Everand gives women like Judith an opportunity to earn a living wage, learn new skills, and support their families when they move to the United States.  Thank you for continuing to be part of their story and ours.

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