BEE: My Story of Hope
I was one of the first women to join Starfish Project. Before that, I worked in a brothel with an abusive owner and was constantly surrounded by violence. I am the youngest of six sisters, and my older sister is the one who introduced me to Starfish Project.
At Starfish Project, I have a healthy work environment where people are kind and respectful to each other. I learned that people can be honest with each other. I love that I have many real friendships here.
As part of my job, I get to inspect raw materials provided by the Raw Material Inventory Manager before they are used by the Production staff to make the jewelry. When a material is unacceptable, I return those materials to the Raw Material Manager, clearly documenting the problems with the materials and why we cannot use them. When an order comes in, I prepare production baskets for every work order, so the production team has the materials they need. When the products are packaged, I make sure they’re secure so they won’t be damaged while they’re shipped. I also help our Production Manager pack international shipments.
I love that my coworkers at Starfish Project celebrate my life and achievements. Before joining Starfish Project, I never had a birthday party and was never celebrated as an individual. Now my birthday is celebrated each year, along with my personal and professional development.
I recently earned my Microsoft Word certification, and I am working on Microsoft Excel and literacy classes now.