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

Jean's patchwork bag

Jean's patchwork bag

Jean is a single mother of two children living near Chiang Mai in Thailand. Her story is one that reflects her diligence, integrity and committment to her children even when h...

$ 58.95

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

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

Round Plate

Round Plate

  This ceramic product has been hand crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business established and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helping s...

$ 8.00

Tea Set 2

Tea Set 2

  These ceramic products have been hand crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business established and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helpin...

$ 40.00

Nativity Ger

Nativity Ger

  This amazing ger and Nativity figurines set has been lovingly created by the women of Artis Altai.  Located in Mongolia in the heart of the Gobi Desert, Artis Altai is...

$ 65.00

Tree of Life Pendant

Tree of Life Pendant

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

$ 54.00

Ploy's Nativity Set

Ploy's Nativity Set

This delightful Nativity was designed and skillfully hand made by artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans and tribal people groups threate...

$ 82.00

Boxed Set of 9 Tea Light Candles

Boxed Set of 9 Tea Light Candles

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 a...

$ 10.80

Volcano Earrings

Volcano Earrings

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. Artis Alta...

$ 12.00

Amdo Bag

Amdo Bag

AmdoCraft is dedicated to training and equipping Tibetan nomads in the use of familiar resources and traditional artisan skills for small business. The nomads use yak and sheep woo...

$ 54.00

Heart and Felt Keyring

Heart and Felt Keyring

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. &nbs...

$ 15.00