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

AmdoCraft Apron

AmdoCraft Apron

  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 s...

$ 34.00

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

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

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

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

These flowers 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 to...

$ 3.50

Heart from Altai, red

Heart from Altai, red

  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 A...

$ 22.00

Speak Up Bracelet

Speak Up Bracelet

This bracelet, featuring the Eden 'Speak Up' pendant and an olive leaf has been handcrafted for you by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have...

$ 18.00

Round Basket

Round Basket

These handcrafted baskets have been skilfully woven by women living in a rural area of Pakistan, actively seeking security and dignity through business.   Each one is unique ...

$ 14.00

Bhan

Bhan

This bag was created for you by the women of Sak Saum in Cambodia. The name, “Sak Saum” means ‘dignity’ and Sak Saum exists to offer rescue, rehabilitation,...

$ 68.00

Barrel Bag, Small

Barrel Bag, Small

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 have c...

$ 11.50