Survivor-Owned Small Businesses
How you can help:
- Check out our favorite overcomers in the gallery below.
- Pray for their success.
- Buy their products.
- Share this with others.
- Contact them through their websites and encourage them.
- Offer up your time, financial support, talents, services and mentorship towards their professional development and success.
- Continue the fight against exploitation and ignorance.
Co-founders Rebecca and Alexis have traveled to many impoverished areas across the globe inspiring and empowering women to realize their potential. By partnering with local organizations, they are helping women in the Natamala slums of Uganda to create sustainable local businesses. This enables them to provide for their families while also creating economic prosperity in the community. See the beautiful, victorious faces of precious overcomers. Support this revolutionary concept by purchasing a gorgeous hand-made scarf or clutch bag here.
FASHION & COMPASSION
We are truly inspired by the work F&C is doing to support artisans and inspiring women from around the world!
Read about the struggles these women continue to overcome despite overwhelming odds.
Find a unique gift for many occasions while supporting a courageous woman and her family. Beautiful hand-made jewelry and accessories are available online for purchase here.
The Peace Collection - Rwanda
The Dignity Collection - Uganda
The Freedom Collection - USA
The Hope Collection - Ecuador
The Community Collection - Mexico & Honduras
Fields of Hope
Fields of Hope is a project of On Eagle's Wings Ministries (OEWM). The heart of this program is a survivor-inspired curriculum, Whispers of Hope. This provides opportunities for female survivors of human trafficking (ages 16 and up) to receive valuable job skills training, spiritual mentorship, counseling, accountability, challenging learning opportunities, and leadership training. They also receive hands-on job shadowing at partnering local businesses. Check out their bath and body products, home items, party favors, and dandelion jewelry collection here. By supporting Fields of Hope and purchasing these products, you are investing in the life of a special young woman.
Trafficked for six months right out of high school, then spending the next 11+ years as a stripper, Brooke Autry was left with no post-secondary education or job skills that would transfer over to mainstream corporate America.
When her third daughter was born severely disabled, Brooke was unable to work outside the home. So, after posting a picture on Facebook of a tutu she made for her daughter's birthday, people began asking her to make one for their child. From this, Joyful Creations was born. She and her husband, Jesse, eventually began a wood burning engraving shop on Etsy, which is thriving.
Brooke gives all glory to God for helping her discover gifts she didn't even know she had. She is living Romans 8:28 - "For ALL things (even being trafficked and having a disabled child) work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called, according to His purpose."
Check out Brooke and Jesse's shop:
If you would like for Brooke to come and share her testimony at your event, inquire here.
In 2008, Antonia "Neet" Childs founded Neet's Sweets Inc. As a trafficking survivor, Neet found a way to combine her passion for baking with her desire to support other young women and girls exiting a life of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Proceeds from Neet's Sweets, Inc. help to provide support to women survivors, including counseling, housing referrals, and mentoring. They also offer employment as way to help women gain work skills in order to begin their own journey towards personal growth, empowerment, and success.
So check out Neet's delicious baked goods and sweet treats! They provide catering services across North Carolina for weddings, parties, and other events. Desserts can be ordered online and shipped to your location anywhere in the U.S.
Rebecca Bender Initiative
Rebecca Bender is extremely special to Changing Destinies. She brings a message of hope to the masses with a radical and fresh perspective on what it means to live in alignment with God's will in today's culture. Rebecca's remarkable story of overcoming a life of sex trafficking has led her to dedicate her life to positively impacting the world. Check out her website. Rebecca created and hosts a Virtual Mentoring Program (VMP) specifically for trafficking survivors. It is a 16-week online, innovative program that equips survivors with business etiquette, professional and leadership development, and a support system for recovery and redemption. If you are interested in sponsoring a survivor, click on the link above. Rebecca is also the author of Roadmap to Redemption, which is the story of her journey that led to complete freedom in Jesus. She is also an incredible artist and has an online store featuring her artwork and autobiography, also available at Amazon. If you are interested in having Rebecca come and speak at your event, request that here.
Rachel Lloyd is the author of the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us.
Driven by the lack of services for commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women, she founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS).
GEMS is the largest service provider of its kind in the nation. They provide annual services and support to over 350 girls and young women, preventive outreach and education to 1,500 youth, and training for over 1,300 professionals.
To find out more about Rachel and her organization, click here. If you would like to purchase a copy of Girls Like Us, go to Amazon and other booksellers.
You can find unique items at GEMS online shop - clothing, memorabilia, totes, and uniquely designed note cards. All proceeds go to GEMS to raise awareness and support girls and young women.
Holly Austin Smith
Holly Austin Smith is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking and child exploitation. She is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement, policymakers, health and social service providers, community organizations, and journalists. Her passion lies in prevention, education, and advocacy for victims and survivors. Check out her website.
In her nonfiction book, Walking Prey, Holly shares her personal story and exposes child sex trafficking in America. Order your copy today via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or IndieBound.
To request Holly to speak at your venue, click here.