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

Lisu Zig Zag Shoulder Bag

Lisu Zig Zag Shoulder Bag

These magnificent, colourful and functional shoulder bags are hand made by the women of a Lisu Hill Tribe village located in an isolated area of northern Thailand.  ...

$ 24.95

Barrel Bag

Barrel Bag

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...

$ 13.00

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

Ocean

Ocean

  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. Ar...

$ 28.00

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

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

Felt Fish Mobile

Felt Fish 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...

$ 22.00

Fly To Freedom Earrings

Fly To Freedom Earrings

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

$ 18.00

Friendship Band

Friendship Band

These fantastic friendship bands are hand woven by a tribal woman from Northern Thailand.  She receives on-going assistance from a new not-for-profit organisation called Handm...

$ 1.50

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

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 h...

$ 10.00