Do you want to help free women from the sex trade? You can, simply by purchasing beautiful handmade jewelry from SHE (Self Help and Empowerment). Based in Phuket, Thailand, the non-profit organization gives women an opportunity to earn a living and create a new future.
The lovely pieces, handmade by women employed in the jewelry program, feature the following:
- freshwater pearls
- glass seed beads
- Swarovski crystals
- shell pieces
- agate spheres
Proceeds from jewelry sales create more job opportunities, allowing more women a chance to escape the slavery of the brothels. Kae, who used to work as a prostitute, shares about her experience.
“I do not like working at the bar [brothel]. Many, many men, I don’t like that. Sharon and Mark go talk about making jewelry and ask me if I want to work with them. First, I say I have to think about jewelry. I work more and more at bar. I be tired. I want to stop. The bar no good. I left bar for one month, have no job no money. Then I think I have Sharon. I call Sharon and tell her I want to work with her. Then I come to work at SHE.”
Help free women like Kae. Purchase a necklace or pair of earrings, and know that you have made a difference. Your order will be shipped from Thailand in a fun envelope and includes a handmade paper card and a small satin bag. Note: Prices in the online store are listed in in £; view current conversion rates here.
Image is the author’s own, and shows earrings purchased from SHE.