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Meet Punam

by Sonja Kraft

Congratulations, you won the employee of the month award! How did you feel when you found out that you won?

I felt very very happy.

Who is your favorite Bollywood actor or actress?

Salman Khan

What is your favorite food or candy?

Buffalo momos and Cadbury candy

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite machine at Purnaa?

The flatlock because it is easy and fast to move things in and out.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to sew at home and right now I really love to make clothes and blankets for my baby.

Tell us about your family.

I am five months pregnant with my first child. My husband’s family lives in a village in Nepal. Actually, all of my family except for my father, live in a village. My father lives in Kathmandu. My husband is in the army and his duty is at the airport, so I live by myself. He sometimes comes to visit when he has time off, but since he is in the army, he has to stay at his job site.

How long have you been married?

Six months

What is your job at Purnaa?

I am a sewer on Gopi’s team.

What is it like to work in that role?

My role is to follow my leader Gopi, but at the same time, my responsibility is to teach my team members how to do things if they need help.

How long have you worked at Purnaa?

Seven months

What do you like about Purnaa?

I really like to work at Purnaa because it is a very safe place to work. I get opportunities to learn new things and I really enjoy that.

What did you do before you worked at Purnaa?

I worked at a smaller garment factory and it was a bad place.

What is different about Purnaa from other places you have worked?

When I worked at the other garment factory I did not feel safe and was always afraid. There was no care, love or encouragement to each other. Here at Purnaa, it’s a very safe place, a very encouraging place and there is care and love for each other.

How have you changed as a person since working here?

I have changed so much. I feel that I have confidence in my job now. Before I came to Purnaa I wasn’t married, but now I am married and am going to have a baby. That is a big change. I am pregnant, but I hope to come back after I have my baby. I know that I have found a good place to work.

What are some ways you want to grow in your work?

I really love to work on bags and I want to learn how to make more types of bags.

Do you have a favorite bag that you’ve made so far?

The Phoebe tote

What dreams do you have for the future?

First, I want to have my baby and be a good mom. Second, I want to concentrate on my sewing skills and improve those more and more.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I want Purnaa to grow large enough so more women will get help. The women who are looking for a safe place to work, I want them to be able to come and work at Purnaa as well.


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