Lay Lay's Story of Resilience

"Our partner center's outreach teams met me when I was working in the brothels. When I first arrived, I lived in the shelter for a short time. I liked it there because it was similar to living in a family setting. Today, I live with my husband and my son. I also have a daughter who is older and no longer lives at home. I started working on the production team at the center, but today my job is to inspect the finished products and organize them for shipment! I make sure they are up to our standard and have no flaws. I also really love to wear the jewelry we make after we are finished! One of the things I enjoy most is the training the center provides. I have been taking computer and math courses and have enjoyed the process of learning. So far, I have earned my Microsoft Word and Excel Certifications. I look forward to getting my Outlook certification and taking math classes next. In the past, I didn’t have many opportunities to learn. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunities that I have at the center now! I feel like I can grow personally and professionally because of the open environment at the partner center. I can ask anyone if I have any questions, and it is helpful to have study partners around. Our boss treats us like family, and that is so special to me. I also love that we celebrate each person’s birthday every year!"