In the war-torn region of northern Uganda, there are many Congolese refugees, child soldiers, and girls forced into prostitution, brothels, and the sex-industry due to poverty and lack of options. We seek to free women from the global sex trade and alleviate poverty through healing, empowerment, and fashion design. In partnership with these women, Imani creates jewelry that is made from indigenous materials. All this jewelry is handcrafted and the women receive fair trade wages, which empower them to provide for their families and educate their children. Imani also offers trauma counseling, savings and business classes, and English classes to all the women they employ in an effort to see them reach their potential. We believe each of these women is worthy of receiving love and knowing that she is valuable. Each piece of jewelry you buy helps keep her free!
Imani is a fair trade business underneath the ministry Zion Project.
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. They make quality jute bags, organic fair trade cotton bags, and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom!
They would like to see the 10,000 sex workers in their neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place. Take a look at a video about their work here.
This beautiful jewelry is created in safe houses and outreach centers in the Middle East. The women here employed are now able to escape forced prostitution, gendercide, persecution, and war. Trafficked and sold into prostitution, they are finally finding a way out.
Each necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings are handmade around a table where the women fellowship and support one another. Day by day, their circle grows as they reach out to other women offering them Radiant Hope. See a video on their Wellspring House (one of the safe houses).
Love Calcutta Arts
Love Calcutta Arts rebuilds the dignity and self-worth of young girls in Calcutta, India by providing them the economic freedom to sell paper crafts instead of their bodies. After generations of forced prostitution, poverty, and illiteracy, these women are breaking the cycle and starting anew with freedom and opportunity. Working in the very communities in which they live, these women now have the means to provide for themselves and their families. Created with handmade paper and other local supplies, their greeting cards, journals, stationary, and gift bags are a great way to add beauty and meaning to any gift.
STOPstart (formerly Hagar Design) provides employment in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for women who were trapped in abusive and violent trafficking circumstances, offering them hope through recovery, rehabilitation, and job training. Ultimately, their goal is community reintegration for all survivors of trafficking through the STOP of abuse and the START of a new life.
Abba House Foundation of Ch’ing Mai, Thailand works with boys and girls who have been sex-trafficked, providing them with housing, food, utilities, education, and training in conversational English. Abba House Foundation teaches a new way of life; a life of dignity and freedom. By making this jewelry, these boys and girls no longer have to sell their bodies to earn enough to eat. As a part of this new life, their program also includes spiritual devotions and growth.
The inception of Artisans Lane in 2005 was the result of a group of friends sharing the same vision to help artisans with an entrepreneurial spirit in developing countries gain access to Western markets. As a social purpose company, Artisans Lane is an international partnership of individuals committed to help cottage, local, and micro industries in the developing world. Through the practice of fair trade principles and appropriate business principles, Artisans Lane believes in the ability of low-income communities to bring themselves to a level of economic sustainability. The Artisans Lane handicrafts are as unique as the artisans that make them. The uniqueness of every individual is one belief that Artisans Lane aims to instill in local communities via cottage industries.
Nightlight is a ministry in urban Bangkok, Thailand which reaches out to women and children working in a growing sex trade area of Nana and Sukhumvit. Their vision lies in building relationships and providing a center which offers emergency aid, employment, and training, as well as educational and biblical teaching in order to bring spiritual healing to the individuals and the community. Nightlight intervenes when children are solicited for prostitution and works with guardians to protect these children. It also introduces these women and children to Jesus Christ and works to connect them with church families where they can receive discipleship and fellowship. Night Light provides life skills for these women. They are given opportunities with English lessons, health training, budgeting, cooking, cleaning, and counseling. As the women grow in their skills at Nightlight, they are given greater opportunities and training in computer, accounting, record keeping, and public relations.
The name “Sari Bari” comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. Saris represent the essence of womanhood. In Bengali, the word bari means “house” or “home.” Their hope is for Sari Bari to be a safe home where women who have been exploited in the sex trade can have their dignity restored and experience a new life in the making.
The Sari Bari women take worn, old, disregarded sari material and restore them. Patches are placed on the holes, the rips are sown shut, and the stains washed away. They are once again an object of beauty just like these women are becoming. Their own emotional and spiritual patches are placed, and their own scars sewn shut. Just as the saris are washed clean, these women recieve new hope and joy.
Each of our products, made from the Indian sari, is marked with a woman’s name, a woman who now has the opportunity to make a choice for freedom and new life.
To see a short biography of the women who make the products, follow this link.
International Princess Project
In February of 2005, Shannon Keith went on a life-changing trip to India. After visiting a red-light district, she could not forget the faces of the women she saw- young girls, orphans, mothers trying to feed their children- held against their will or trapped by economics.
Compelled by the magnitude of this reality, she founded International Princess™ Project to advocate for these women, give them opportunities to restore their broken lives and empower them to live in freedom. Watch a video on this organization here.
Daughters of Cambodia
Daughters of Cambodia empowers victims of sex- exploitation to set themselves free from the sex industry in Cambodia and change their lives. A job in The Sewing Room at Daughters is the mechanism by which they exit the sex industry, supplemented by a range of support & therapeutic programs which equip them with internal resources and teach sustainable skills in functional living. Buying products is giving freedom to girls whose former lives were stories of enslavement.
In January of 2004, then stay-at-home mom, Vicki Moore, came across an internet story about forced prostitution in India. The story detailed that 200 women and girls are forced into the commercial sex trade of India each day. Vicki dove deeper into the statistics and stories and couldn’t believe what she found.
Vicki felt the Lord’s call to take action against the atrocity of human trafficking in India. By December of 2004, the newly founded Rahab’s Rope held its first Christmas celebration in Bangalore, India- 100 women were in attendance. Less than a year after Vicki Moore stumbled upon a seemingly obscure internet article, the ministry of Rahab’s Rope was born. Rahab’s Rope is committed to fighting human trafficking in India and to bringing life and hope to its many victims. We are a faith based non-profit organization that desires to follow Jesus’ teaching and direction on every step of the journey. Our vision is to see lives transformed by God’s love in action.
Basha’s house of hope is a small business based in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The slums of this city are bursting talent: careful tailors, printers and embroiderers. These women have little status and live in extreme poverty. They are often forced into work they would not choose for themselves, and many are unemployed. To help them build better life, now Basha is training a number of them to turn their talent to jewelry and beautiful Kantha throws and bedspreads.
Starfish Project Jewelry
The Starfish Project is restoring hope to exploited women in Asia. The Project developed a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care services. Starfish Project provides opportunities for women to heal and grow through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education grants and health care access, as well as providing housing in our women’s shelter.
The Parable of the Starfish:
One morning and elderly man was walking on a nearly deserted beach. He came upon a boy surrounded by thousands and tousands of starfish. As eagerly as he could, the child was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.
Puzzled, the older man looked at the young boy and asked, “Little boy, what are you doing?” The youth responded without looking up, “I’m trying to save these starfish, sir.” The old man chuckled aloud and asked, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
Holding a starfish in his hand, the boy turned to the man and gently tossing the starfish into the water said, “It will make a difference to that one!” (source unknown)