Padma was alone. A tragic car accident had left her without a husband and with no means to support her three children. Although she managed to find daily work at a nearby construction site, the meager pay left her family in debt, hungry, and fearful. In the midst of this turmoil, a kind stranger reached out to Padma and offered a hand up, inviting her to join the Bangladeshi Sewing Academy. She found she had a knack for sewing and was soon creating exquisite garments and accessories. After one short year, she earned her own sewing machine and began her own business. While she now supports her happy and healthy children on her own, Padma continues her relationship with the Sewing Academy, embracing the support of a community that will love and empower her no matter what life brings her way. Academy for support groups and fellowship, developing a community that will love and empower her no matter life’s circumstances.