Sofia was born the oldest of five daughters to a Muslim family living in Delhi. When Sofia was a teen her father had an accident and became blind and was unable to work. It is unusual for women to work outside the home, and Sofia faced a lot of disapproval from her family, but she was determined to help her family. Sofia found an opportunity working for a fair trade organization making jewelry. She earned a living wage and was able to feed her family and pay her sisters' tuition fees, which brought her a lot of respect. Sofia was so empowered she started wearing pants, which was unheard of in her very traditional family.
"The transition from being known as a street rat, a person of poverty, to a dignified, fair trade artisan-- it is an incredible feeling."