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

Farmhouse

Farmhouse

  Your purchase of this Freeset bag helps continue a journey of freedom. In Kolkata, thousands of women are trapped in prostitution, forced there by poverty. The Freeset women hav...

$ 25.00

Eternity Knot Wristband

Eternity Knot Wristband

This wristband has been designed and hand crafted by young women who have begun a new and safe life having escaped the horrors of human trafficking. Each wristband features the tr...

$ 10.00

Speak Up Keyring

Speak Up Keyring

This keyring, featuring the Eden 'Speak Up' pendant has handcrafted for you by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives...

$ 12.00

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

Box bag, paisley print

Box bag, paisley print

  Your purchase of this Freeset bag helps continue a journey of freedom. In Kolkata, thousands of women are trapped in prostitution, forced there by poverty. The Freeset women hav...

$ 7.50

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

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

Sugar Bowl and Creamer

Sugar Bowl and Creamer

  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...

$ 15.00

Nativity Finger Puppet Set

Nativity Finger Puppet Set

This Nativity finger puppet set was designed and hand crafted by the women of Bright Solutions in Vietnam. Bright Solutions is an innovative, small business providing employment an...

$ 28.00

Wristband

Wristband

These wristbands have been designed and hand crafted by young women who have begun a new and safe life having escaped the horrors of human trafficking.  Each features either ...

$ 12.00

Lisu Embroidered Bag - Lge

Lisu Embroidered Bag - Lge

This magnificent bag is hand made by the women of a Lisu Hill Tribe village located in an isolated area of northern Thailand.  These women have been vulnerable to exploitation...

$ 48.50