Redeeming the Oppressed: Arrif-Family’s Story of Freedom
My name is Arrif, and this is my son, his wife, and their children. My wife passed away.
[Arrif’s son continues the story]
Our story starts with my mother falling ill. Her treatment was expensive, so we sold our home to try and pay for it. Despite our efforts, she passed away two years later. When the expenses of her funeral came, a kiln owner approached us with an offer of a loan. We quickly accepted it, but over time, the loan amount grew enormous. Despite working tirelessly to pay it off, we received very little actual pay. Instead, the kiln owner claimed they needed to keep all of our pay for the loans.
We were uneducated and unable to understand the manipulation of our accounting at first, but soon after my wife’s passing and funeral, we noticed the loan just kept increasing. The work was grueling, and they didn’t allow us to attend all the events of our extended family. They only gave us between 1000-2000 rupees per week for our entire family. And while we dreamed of sending our children to school, the kiln owner insisted they work.
We were part of a small group that was able to get in touch with Redeem the Oppressed staff. They set up a plan and showed us exactly what needs to be done in order to get out. They then came and rescued us from the kiln slavery, brought us to a safe house, and shortly after found us a place to live and work. We are so thankful to God and the team that rescued us from the kiln slavery and we are free now. May God guide them well and use them to save more of the oppressed.
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