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.

 

You can donate funds now. One hundred percent of your donated money will be used for Empower International projects. Your donation will help secure the future for people vulnerable to injustices caused by poverty.
You can help to…
• Provide suitable housing for those in need.
• Fund a child’s education.
• Give a girl or woman skills training for business.
• Set up a girl or woman in her own small business.

 

Some of our products

Falling Rain Necklace

Falling Rain Necklace

This beautiful necklace has been handcrafted by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ...

$ 32.00

Applique Bauble

Applique Bauble

These magnificent baubles were made by two of the groups we partner with.  Firstly, the paper maché ball is made by Rainbow Tree using recycled paper and then the stitc...

$ 24.00

Felt Camel Mobile

Felt Camel Mobile

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...

$ 28.00

Ballet Bears

Ballet Bears

  This product is carefully and artfully produced by the women of a Tai Song Dum village in central Thailand. The people of this village are a minority ethnic group, original...

$ 25.00

Chicken Counting Book

Chicken Counting Book

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

$ 38.00

Library Book Bag

Library Book 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...

$ 28.95

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

Spring Flower

Spring Flower

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 Alt...

$ 32.00

Silver Wrapped Earrings

Silver Wrapped Earrings

  These silver and polished stone earrings were made by the artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans in Northern Thailand by providing vocational training and...

$ 25.00

Falling Rain Earrings

Falling Rain Earrings

These beautiful earrings have been handcrafted by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives of sexual exploitation and human traff...

$ 22.00

Set of 4 Flower Tea Lights

Set of 4 Flower Tea Lights

  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...

$ 5.50

Elephant Family in a Banana

Elephant Family in a Banana

  This product is carefully and artfully produced by the women of a Tai Song Dum village in central Thailand. The people of this village are a minority ethnic group, original...

$ 29.95