Meet Our Freedom Partners
Badala provides alternative employment opprotunities to women experiencing extreme poverty. Since launching in Kenya, Badala has since expanded their employment programs to women and artisans across East Africa, Central America, and to domestic sex trafficking survivors.
Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business in Africa. They are committed to long-term solutions to fighting poverty, and their main focus is creating opportunities for vulnerable women. That means that your purchase of a scarf creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.
Their strategy is two-fold. They work with women to help them start small business cooperatives, and they partner with and require manufacturers to also employ women with fair wages & fair hiring practices.
Sari Bari's mission is to offer freedom to women trapped in the sex trade and to provide opportunities to those living in areas that are vulnerable to human trafficking. The company does this by providing employment in a safe, loving environment, where women are trained as artisans. These women create beautiful, sustainable handmade products, while making their lives new in the process. Each purchase invites you to journey into one woman's story of freedom.
The name "Sari Bari" comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. In India, a sari represents the essence of womanhood. The word bari mean "house or home" in the Bengali language.
Each Sari Bari product is marked with the name of the woman who made it and with your purchase you become a part of her freedom story. Each Sari Bari product, whether it be a blanket, accessory or baby item, is sewn using the traditional kantha stitch. Each Sari Bari product is unique—there are no two pieces exactly alike. Additionally, each woman has her own personal style and stitch, which means each piece varies slightly, within the quality standards of Sari Bari. Each piece is an investment of time, skill, creativity and patience. In the final step, the woman stitches her name tag onto the finished product, marking its completion as a work of art and the pride with which she sends it out for the Sari Bari customer to enjoy.
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in the sex trade. They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom. While many of the women are still not the fastest sewers, the business now produces around 1000 bags a day. Consistent quality is important for Freeset to be a competitive, self sustaining business that is able to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation for these women once and for all. The women are paid around twice the going rate for an equivalent job elsewhere. Their employment package includes health insurance and a pension plan. A woman is employed full-time to ensure that staff are able to access their health insurance entitlements.
Love Calcutta Arts
Love Calcutta Arts has arisen out of a desire to bring freedom to young girls who would otherwise be at risk for abuse. By employing daughters of sex workers, they break the generational cycle through providing the girls with economic freedom and redefined self worth. All profit goes back into the business to create ongoing opportunities for more girls.
Sanctuary is a socially-minded company which manufactures, sells, and distributes jewelry handmade by human trafficking survivors. The inspiring, bohemian chic jewelry is all handmade in Mumbai, India by girls rescued from the commercial sex trade, ages 15-25. In Orange County, products are inventoried, prepared, and packed to ship by survivors trafficked and rescued in Southern California. Jewelry is sold online at www.isanctuary.org, at home parties, community events, in retail shops throughout the country, and at the showroom in Irvine, California. When you Purchase with Purpose® survivors gain dignity, self-worth, and hope.
Rahab's Rope exists to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India. By creating a safe and loving environment, they are enabled to grow and develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Their work provides basic education and vocational training for each girl and woman who come through our centers; ultimately, allowing them to integrate into their communities in a positive and constructive manner.
The name Rahab’s Rope is taken from the Biblical account of the prostitute, Rahab, found in the book of Joshua chapters two and six. The rope in the story represents Rahab's rescue both physically and spiritually. Their hope is that, just as the rope that Rahab made represents her rescue, the skills taught to the women at their women's centers will represent their physical and spiritual rescue as well. Their products consist of many items made by the women at the Rahab's Rope Women's Centers as well as a wide variety of fair trade merchandise from around the globe. All proceeds are used to further their mission.
Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang district of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.
Sak Saum facilitates 12 girls in the full-time program each year. They also employ 50+ men and women through our Vocational Training Center (VTC). The VTC creates economic development, skill development, educational development and other opportunities to families in the Saang district.
Causegear employs crafters in India that get paid dignified wages to make high-quality bags, backpacks, purses and the like, which are then sold through Causegear’s website. The crafters’ stories are one of the most important parts of Causegear’s brand.
The Starfish Project
At Starfish Project, exploited women are empowered to recognize their value. In addition to dignified employment, Starfish Project provides women with housing, counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training and health care.
JOYN is a socially-conscious fashion brand producing women’s handbags that are 100% handmade. JOYN bags aren’t mass-produced. People make them. Real people with names and faces and stories and passions. Each bag is unique. No factories, no automation, because the more hands that it takes to make the products, the more jobs we are able to create.
Magdalene is a two-year residential community founded in Nashville, TN in 1997 for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction. Magdalene was founded not just to help a sub-culture of women, but to help change the culture itself. We stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities.
Thistle Farms is a non-profit business operated by the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as kind to the environment as they are to the body. All sales proceeds go back into the program.
Women's Bean Project
Women’s Bean Project is a transitional job training program for chronically unemployed and impoverished women in Denver, Colorado. We provide jobs in gourmet food and handmade jewelry manufacturing. At the same time, we augment the skills they develop on the job by offering special programming and classes in interpersonal and life skills needed to move into career entry-level employment.
By working in an active business, program participants learn the importance of reliability, accuracy, punctuality, attention to detail and attendance; while also addressing life skills – communication, budgeting, accountability, problem solving and goal setting. Our graduates become empowered to lead successful, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives, creating a brighter future – for themselves, their families, our communities and our economy.
Social Grounds Coffee was started with a love for people and great coffee. The coffee is harvested from plantations in Nicaragua and Rwanda and economically empowers at-risk woman who have survived the sex trade and genocide. They source from some of the worlds best coffee farms, roast and then prepare for you to take it home. Once harvested, it is processed and ground in Jacksonville, Florida. But the best part of their company is the after product of your involvement, purchase and support goes to a project in which we will work along side the City of Jacksonville to employ and empower the homeless and help the less fortunate through proceeds of your purchase. We love our city and the people.