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

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

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

Bells and Beads Wall Hanging

Bells and Beads Wall Hanging

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...

$ 26.00

Brass Bangle - flower pattern

Brass Bangle - flower pattern

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

$ 65.00

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

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

IPad Sleeve

IPad Sleeve

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...

$ 8.00

Brass Peacock Eternity Earrings

Brass Peacock Eternity Earrings

These distinguished brass earrings are designed and hand crafted by young women who have begun a new and safe life having escaped the horrors of human trafficking.  This busin...

$ 14.00

Half The Sky

Half The Sky

'Half The Sky: How To Change The World' is a powerful book by the husband-wife team of foreign correspondents, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn published in 2009.  It argues that...

$ 30.00

Bird House

Bird House

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

Round Basket

Round Basket

These handcrafted baskets have been skilfully made by women in Pakistan actively seeking security and dignity through business.  They would be perfect for adding a distinctive...

$ 12.00

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