Children's Stories: Sun Maya

Sun MayaSun Maya grew up in a small trading town in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district. She often dreamed of visiting the capital city of Kathmandu, and in fourth grade, she got her chance. Her uncle offered to take her away to the city, lowering her family’s expenses. Sun Maya’s parents, poor farm hands, let her go.

When Sun Maya arrived in Kathmandu, her uncle bought her a wardrobe of new clothes. Though everything seemed perfect, the joy didn’t last; her uncle forced her to work in a carpet factory, weaving carpets in 15-hour shifts with punishment for slowing down. GoodWeave loom inspectors discovered Sun Maya on April 15, 2012.

Thirteen year-old Sun Maya resumed her studies at GoodWeave’s rehabilitation center, where her kind spirit has helped her make many friends. She enjoys visiting home during the holidays and hopes to become a teacher.