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Empowering Others ~ Ending Exploitation
 

SOCIAL IMPACT

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mar·gin·al·ize: /märjənəˌlīz/: verb: to put or keep someone in a powerless or unimportant position in a society or group. To treat a person as insignificant or peripheral. 

We view our business as a way to empower marginalized artisans worldwide. It’s more than just beautiful products, it’s about the people!

 

Click on the Locations below to see our impact in each area:

+ United States

Human Trafficking Rescue:

These programs seek out and rescue women & children who have been abducted and sold into sexual or domestic slavery. The organizations who conduct these rescues provide safe shelter, food, healthcare, literacy programs, skills programs, and counseling.

Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation:

We purchase leather goods from artisans in Honduras who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. These men & women are rebuilding their lives by producing beautiful hand-tooled leather products while recovering in a rehabilitation program.

+ India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines

Rescue programs for women & girls in the brothels:

These women are given safe shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare. They have access to literacy programs and are taught a skill that will provide them with income.

These programs also rescue the daughters of women who have yet to leave prostitution. 90% of all female children born in a brothel with one day become prostitutes themselves. It is vital to help these girls escape while they are young so that they can be given education and a safe future.

Human Trafficking Rescue:
These programs seek out and rescue women & children who have been abducted and sold into sexual or domestic slavery. The organizations who conduct these rescues provide safe shelter, food, healthcare, literacy programs, skills programs, and counseling.

Orphan Prevention:
By teaching marginalized women to create and sell handicrafts, these programs are preventing children from becoming orphans. Women in these training programs and the main income earners for their families.

Widow Care:
Due to social structures, being a widow in India can mean no means of income, poverty, and starvation. The programs we work with treat widows with dignity and acceptance. The widows are taught skills that allow them to earn a living by selling their handicrafts.

+ Ethiopia

Survivors of Female Mutilation:

We purchase from a group of women artisans that live together in a community for survivors of female genital mutilation. These women have escaped immense brutality. They suffer from health issues as a result of their mutilation and are considered outcasts in their society. Together these women have built a future together by producing beautiful jewelry made from bullet casings left in fields from wars.

+ Uganda

Refugees & Former Prisoners of War:
We support women who have escaped from being prisoners of war and are now living in refugees camps. These women are part of a program that educates them and teaches small business practices so they can build their handicraft business. The program in Uganda also provides education for the artisans’ children.

+ Honduras

Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation:
We purchase leather goods from artisans in Honduras who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. These men & women are rebuilding their lives by producing beautiful hand-tooled leather products while recovering in a rehabilitation program.

+ Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil

Fighting Poverty:
Poverty and unemployment are rampant in these countries. Artisan training programs in these countries teach men & women to make beautiful jewelry, clothing, and home décor. These jobs provide them & their families income.

+ Moldova

Orphan Care & Trafficking Prevention:
Moldova is a small eastern European country with a high rate of poverty and unemployment. Due to decades of war, there are many orphans in Moldova. We support an organization that provides a safe home for girls and boys who have “aged-out” of traditional Moldovan orphanages and are at high risk of being sex trafficked. These artisans are earning income in hopes of one day attending college.