Internationelle is excited to bring you brand highlights of those who are making a difference to fight human trafficking at home and abroad. These amazing companies employ and help victims of human trafficking enter the work force and learn valuable skills. At the same time, they’re raising awareness and creating beautiful items.
Sometimes we all need a reminder that there is passion, motivation, and courage around the world in businesses that have purpose and a mission. Supporting these merchants not only means you’re helping the cause of anti-human-trafficking, but also spreading awareness in your day-to-day life and travels. These brands are a celebration of free artisans and craftspeople, devoted to the cause of liberty, freedom, and changing lives around the world.
“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.”
— MARGARET MEAD
1) The Skipping Stone
Their name comes from the idea that, even a small stone can make ripples. That mentality reaches their products, made by women rescued from brothels in India. Their goal is to hire 2000 such women and save even more women working in the largest brothel in Northern India. Their lovely products offer women a way out of the brothel business and out of poverty.
Their collections feature:
- Lifestyle bags
- Vintage and Artistic Journals (Handmade)
- Bohemian and Ethnic Jewelry (Bracelets, Earrings, and Necklaces)
Daira Curran founded this company with a mission of creating a visible symbol of a girl’s true worth. 25% of the proceeds go to organizations that fight human trafficking and exploitation. With an array of stunning and unique headbands, this company supports three anti human-trafficking organizations: PROJECT FUTURES, A21 Campaign, and Love 146.
3) Good Paper
Cards that change lives. These adorable letterpress cards are unique, funny, and creative and, most importantly, made by women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda.
Their mission is simple: to help stop sex trafficking and prostitution in West Bengal, India. This company works with two companies one making fabrics in Murshidabad, West Bengal, and the other making bags based in, Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India. In order to reduce poverty and make prostitution and trafficking a last resort, Freeset employs women and girls with the hopes that they never have to enter prostitution in the first place.
Purpose Jewelry works with survivors of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA. These talented artisans craft phenomenally delicate and artful jewelry while also providing education, health care, and counseling through their non-profit, International Sanctuary.
Their mission of bringing new life to those rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal goes hand in hand with the idea that, by reducing poverty and widening options for women, trafficking will also decrease. Through their wonderful craftswomen, Elegantees has created a variety of dresses, tunics, tees, and tops, made right in Nepal.
7) My Sister
This Minnesota-based company’s mission is to “prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide after-care for survivors and offer growth opportunities to at-risk women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.” Their bold tees and strong business ethics make this US company a great way to bring awareness in addition to knowing that your purchase will support survivors of human trafficking.
This two woman company donates 20% of profits to Two Wings to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States pursue their dreams. As founders Fay and Michelle put it, it is a shared passion for empowerment, for restoration, for freedom. They believe that there is hope for the millions of victims of modern day slavery worldwide, and they want to do their part to support recovering survivors pursuing their dreams.
An absolutely incredible business model, combining a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution with community and spirituality. This Tennessee-based company and farm provides rehabilitation, outreach, education, as well as locally sourced and created bath and beauty products that directly support survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Started in 1997 by Episcopal priest Becca Stevens, the farm now houses 32 women and provides support for hundreds more in the community. With many ways to get involved, visit, or organize and event, check them out!
Purveyors of PUNJAMMIES® loungewear, this company was founded by Shannon Keith in 2005, after returning from a trip to India. After witnessing Red Light Districts she founded Sudara to help women find economic stability and a way out of poverty to either transition out of prostitution and trafficking, or to avoid it all together. The company works with hundreds of women, providing them with skills and a safe place to work.
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