The Forgotten: GURIA

The Forgotten: GURIA

Life Skills – Use your money and time well. Make sure your work benefits those around you. 

Illustration by AA Sumadri  The Forgotten: GURIA bunga

Illustration by AA Sumadri

This story taken from the book: THE FORGOTTEN.  Written by Saima Hassan and Photographed by Katie Basbagill.


Guria learned to sew from OBAT’s Sewing Center.  As you can tell from her smile, she is enjoying where she is: surrounded by children’s clothing that she helped create.  Guria plans to develop a business out of this newly acquired skill. She wants to earn a steady income so that one day she can send her two children to school.

Jobs are very hard to find for the camp dwellers; discrimination greatly diminishes their prospects.  Most of them have to resort to driving rickshaws or working as daily laborers and hawkers.  For women, chances of finding employment are much less.  The earn only a pittance working as maidservants in various people’s houses.  however, the alternative – arduous factory labor in exchange for a few takas – offers no more appeal.







Ummzaytun represents versatility as it is the Mother of Olives. The Olive fruit is an extremely durable, versatile and delectable fruit. It is the base of many foods yet it can also be the centerpiece. I love this name because in many ways it represents me. With the graciousness of Allah SWT I am blessed to be a wife, a mother of two wonderful boys (Masha Allah!), a family Chef, completed my MBA, got a great career and now have The opportunities that have been presented to me up till this point have all been self indulgent however this time around the opportunity is to serve and give back to my sisters in Islam and empower them with stories, life experiences and a warm community experience. I welcome all sisters from all nations to join and be a part of this exciting community.Bismillah~Ummzaytun

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