SutiSana was founded by Word Made Flesh in 2010 to provide dignified employment and a new life for women attempting to leave prostitution in El Alto, Bolivia. Word Made Flesh began working among vulnerable women in El Alto in 2000. Many of these women had little education, were the only provider in their home, and had no viable alternative to prostitution. The name SutiSana has roots in the two languages spoken by the women – Aymara and Spanish. In Aymara, Suti means name. In Spanish, Sana means healthy or healed. As women leave prostitution, they often leave behind a name they used there and find a new identity – a Healed Name. We when we see this, we can’t help but think of the verse Isaiah 62:2, “you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will bestow.”
Our logo is inspired by the Nard flower, which is believed to be the base of the perfume the woman poured on the feet of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. In the same way, we hope SutiSana may be a simple, pleasing offering to our God.
Word Made Flesh coordinates sewing training for women to prepare them to work in SutiSana. When a woman joins SutiSana, she receives all benefits, including health insurance. She and her children are supported through community, and she is given opportunities to continually grow – learning to design bags, work with new materials, and even coach other women as they leave prostitution.