Contact Us - +61 3 95347452  -  Shop 3, 112 Acland Street, St Kilda

About Empower

We are a not for profit, fair trade charity. We exist to combat human trafficking – simple as that. We do this in a few different ways:
• by purchasing hand made products at fair trade prices to provide sustainable income for vulnerable women.
• by partnering with producer groups to help provide appropriate work facilities and training.
• by supporting vulnerable children to prevent human trafficking.

 

The Starfish Parable

A man goes out on the beach and sees that it is covered with starfish that have washed up in the tide. A little boy is walking along, picking them up and throwing them back into the water. “What are you doing, son?” the man asks. “You see how many starfish there are? You’ll never make a difference”. The boy paused thoughtfully, and picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean. “It sure made a difference to that one” he said.

 

Our Values

• We believe that everyone is important and should be treated with dignity and respect.
• We oppose the many injustices of extreme poverty, particularly human trafficking and sexual slavery.
• We seek to encourage awareness, compassion and a strategic response to make generational change for people living in poverty….one life at a time.
• We support carefully selected organisations of integrity, working especially to empower girls physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially.
• We believe that rescue is necessary, but prevention is ideal.
• We believe it is crucial that all children attend school.
• We are about “empowering the privileged to empower the poor”.

 

Our Shop

Empower is located at Shop 3, 112 Acland Street mall, St Kilda. All our products have been carefully selected by us from small businesses offering training and employment to women needing an answer to poverty and injustice.

Our producers are mostly girls and women who have been impacted by human trafficking or at risk of sexual exploitation.

The vibrant colours and excellent quality of the products are testimony to the incredible capacity of the women, to not only survive, but to shine and thrive….. and we cheer them on.

The products are great – the cause is greater. Every dollar spent in our Empower store is helping make a difference.

 

The Fasai Home, Thailand (Clear Skies House) provides vulnerable children with safety, education, housing, family support and child sponsorship within a culturally relevant and nurturing environment.

Your donation carries the power to achieve a secure future for these children and their families.

Empower International is a partner for project J974N Fasai Home Upgrade, Thailand with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). Your donation of $2 or more is tax deductible within Australia.

 

Some of our products

Felt Ball Hot Pad

Felt Ball Hot Pad

This felt ball hotpad has been skillfully crafted by the women of Artis Altai. Located in Mongolia, in the heart of the Gobi Desert, Artis Altai is an artisans’ workshop that...

$ 26.00

Flower Candle

Flower Candle

  These candles are beautifully hand-crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business assisted and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helping poor...

$ 9.00

Set of 10 Gift Bags

Set of 10 Gift Bags

These gift bags are hand created by the women who have established a business known as "Rainbow Tree". "Rainbow Tree" is a small group of women affected by HIV-AIDS, working togeth...

$ 22.00

Lao Silk Scarf

Lao Silk Scarf

This silk scarf was hand-loomed by the artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans and tribal people groups threatened with exploitation in Northern Tha...

$ 52.00

Lisu Purse

Lisu Purse

These colourful and functional  little purses are hand made by the women of a Lisu Hill Tribe village located in an isolated area of northern Thailand.  These women have ...

$ 13.00

Flower Pattern Pendant

Flower Pattern Pendant

  This pendant has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in Cambodia, mentored and supported by Rajana.  Rajana is an organisation giving young, vulnerable Cambodian peopl...

$ 65.00

Wooly Camel

Wooly Camel

Artis Altai, located in Mongolia in the heart of the Gobi Desert, is an artisan’s workshop that provides employment opportunities for women who have little or no income. Arti...

$ 14.00

Angel Decoration

Angel Decoration

  This Angel decoration was designed and hand crafted by the women of Bright Solutions in Vietnam. Bright Solutions is an innovative, small business providing employment and trai...

$ 12.00

Tibetan Yak Milk Soap

Tibetan Yak Milk Soap

  Handmade by Tibetans. Almost everything from the yak is used to sustain the lives of Tibetan herdsmen and their families. Several nomad women have now been trained in soap...

$ 9.00

Cotton Scarf

Cotton Scarf

  Poom Products, a business located in Northern Cambodia, exists to see local, rural young women living secure and free lives for the long term. Poom Products Cambodia provid...

$ 34.00

Leaf Pendant

Leaf Pendant

This pendant has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in Cambodia, mentored and supported by Rajana.  Rajana is an organisation giving young, vulnerable Cambodian people the op...

$ 36.50