FAIR TRADE FRIENDS:
Korah, the city garbage dump just outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is home to more than 120,000 people living in poverty, many with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, TB and other diseases. Mission Ethiopia, Embracing Hope for Ethiopia, and Carry 117 are a few of the many outreach efforts that were established to empower residents of this community, freeing them from a life of begging and scavenging the trash for items to sell.
The Zambian Soap Company is committed to furthering African communities through sustainable and organic farming techniques. Many of the workers are adult orphans or women who’ve been widowed by the AIDS epidemic. All profits go into community initiatives overseen by the local Zambian churches.
Rape, abuse, and prostitution for food contribute to 50% of teen pregnancies in slums in Kenya. Mercy House helps the most vulnerable girls in Kenya and offers them hope and a future. They receive counseling and learn a variety of skills to help them prepare for their future.
Mercy Covers is an outreach of the St. Bryce Missions that provides skills training, personal finance management, education, discipleship, and meaningful work for women in rural Costa Rica.
The sex trade industry enslaves countless women in India. Freeset employs more than 160 women full time. Not only do these fair jobs provide support for their families, it offers the women freedom and dignity.
The young women employed by Tukula are trained seamstresses who have found it difficult to find work or are on the verge of dropping out of school. In addition to a fair wage, they receive medical care and access to savings programs.
No. 41 is a grassroots organization teaching young women who have aged out of an orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda (ages 18-25) not only to sew, a culturally relevant trade that would always sustain them, but to give back to their community through a feeding program supporting local schools.
Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand
The United Nations has relocated more than 50,000 refugees to Houston, Texas, due to religious and ethnic persecution. The Refugee Project exists to empower refugee women by teaching them skills and product creation.
Hope Coffee works to create capital to sustain mission ministries that provide jobs and basic provisions like clean water to local communities in the name of Jesus.
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