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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month! All month long we have been posting on social media about various organizations working both here in the US and around the globe in the effort to combat human trafficking. In this post we want to share a few of our favorite socially responsible brands that share our social mission to help fight human trafficking.
The Brave Collection was founded by Jessica Hendricks to “celebrate bravery and empower women across the globe.” Their beautiful jewelry is handmade by talented Cambodian artisans, primarily mothers who come from underprivileged backgrounds as well as disabled artisans. All artists work in a fair and dignified work environment where they are paid above average wages and receive benefits such as health insurance and stipends for their children’s education.
We recently teamed up with The Brave Collection for our Spring Look Book shoot and are absolutely in love with the results. Their unique fashion forward designs are carved and woven by hand in Cambodia using traditional metalwork techniques As well as creating empowerment through economic opportunities, 10% of profits are donated to fight human trafficking in Cambodia.
Thistle Farms is a multi-faceted organization that includes a powerful community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Based in Nashville, TN they employ more than 50 survivors through social enterprises which include a natural body care company, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and global marketplace called Shared Trade.
Their yummy natural body care products are primarily vegan (a few do contain beeswax) and none of the products are ever tested on animals. Along with the body care line, Thistle Farms also operates a global market place—Shared Trade. They offer handmade quality products that represent healing and empowerment. Thistle Farms currently works with 18 partner social enterprises provide dignifying employment and safe workplaces for women artisans in 10 countries.
What’s the best thing about Thistle Farms? Clearly their heart, “Thistle Farms stands for the truth that, in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world.” The Thistle Farms motto is love heals and both their successful business model and the women’s lives they have transformed are clearly testaments that indeed it does.
Purpose Jewelry is a fashion jewelry brand that empowers survivors through employment and financial stability. All of their jewelry is handcrafted in India by survivors of modern-day slavery. All of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking. A unique part of Purpose Jewelry’s business model is that they work with human trafficking survivors in both India and in Orange County where their US headquarters is based.
The International Sanctuary survivor rehabilitation program has been so successful that they have been approached by numerous organizations to expand their program around the globe. They now have a goal to launch 10 sanctuaries around the world where girls and women rescued from slavery are empowered in the restoration of their mind, body, and soul. We have had the chance to attend various events with the Purpose Jewelry team, and it’s been a total pleasure to meet these driven women who are passionate about both their beautiful jewelry designs and the social mission behind them!