Sonyia, an activist from New Delhi, holds a child at the Sheroes Hangout Cafe in Agra, India. The cafe is staffed by acid attack survivors.
The cafe is not far from the Taj Mahal, which can be seen in the upper left.
A guestbook at the cafe sings the women's praises.
Dolly braids Ritu's hair in Agra. The two work at the cafe, which was founded by Stop Acid Attacks, a New Delhi-based nonprofit.
Rupa, center, teaches a few customers to dance in February. "This picture for me represents what is the real mission of the Sheroes Hangout," photographer Federico Borella said. Sheroes' mission is to create awareness about acid attacks and build confidence in acid attack survivors.
A close-up of Rupa's eye. According to the Acid Survivors Foundation in India, acid attacks result from a number of situations: family disputes, vengefulness, jealousy, mistaken identity and sex crimes, among others. There were 249 reported acid attacks last year in India, the foundation said.
Gita bakes bread in the cafe's kitchen. On the wall are the imprints of all the survivors' hands.
Ritu and Farah prepare to serve food.
Gita holds her blind daughter, Nitu, for a portrait. Gita's other daughter, Krishna, was killed in the acid attack.
Rupa wears a traditional sari as she poses for a portrait at home. She owns a little boutique inside the Sheroes cafe where she sells her own handmade clothing.
Dolly needs to dry her face many times a day following an operation.
From left are portraits of Rupa, Ritu and Dolly before they were disfigured.
Farah serves a customer at the cafe.
Ritu sits inside the cafe. "In this picture, I can see Ritu thinking," Borella said. "She's not aware of my presence."
Ritu packs her clothes in her luggage.
Dolly, Ritu, Nitu and Rupa walk in the streets of Agra.