Lump of Coal….No More Sex Trafficking
The mission behind the Freegrance Brand: Empower Women
In Southeast Asia women and girls from small villages have very few opportunities when it comes to finding a job to provide for themselves and their families. In some of these cultures it is the eldest daughter who is responsible for providing for her aging parents, which only adds to the stress and difficulty. For a single mom who needs to provide for her children and mother, the village rarely offers the opportunity to work and meet even their most basic needs. As a result, these women, and often girls, head to the city to find work.
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You can image that for a young woman coming to the city for the first time is overwhelming. With limited education and lack of job skills it doesn’t take long before her hopes of finding a job are dashed and the shame of not being able to provide for her family sets in. These young women are prime targets for traffickers and frequently end up recruited to work as sex workers. They are not physically forced, because of their poverty and hopelessness they do not need to be. They enter the sex trade and rarely ever escape until they are too old and the cycle begins anew with their daughters.
Human trafficking is a complex problem that requires complex solutions. Many organizations focus on awareness, fighting for justice, enforcement of laws and writing of new laws, etc. Freegrance Products focuses on poverty alleviation and empowerment to help women find ways to provide for themselves and their family with dignity. We work in conjunction with Living Bread Ministries, a non-profit focused on comprehensive church planting among the global poor, to teach women how to make a product and start their own business. Freegrance buys their products and imports them to the US and Canada. Through this approach we can see women empowered to escape, or avoid sex trafficking all together.
Jak is a woman choosing to make jewelry to empower her girls and is choosing a new way of life thanks to Freegrance she is free!
Over the past year we have taught dozens of women in Southeast Asia to make natural soaps and handcrafted earrings. We also supplied each of them with materials and guidance to begin making and selling these products in the local markets, gift shops, and craft fairs. This provides them with a small supplemental income, but it becomes transformative when Freegrance purchases their products to import to the USA. Simply put, the more Freegrance sells here the more we reorder from the women in Southeast Asia. By switching to our premium natural soaps and buying/giving our jewelry, you are empowering women to escape poverty and provide for themselves with dignity!
Check out their online boutique and do some Christmas shopping that literally changes lives! These “Lump of Coal: stocking stuffers make a great gift and will help us continue to train women to make natural soaps and other products. You can buy quality products that you will love and empower women in the process. What’s not to love?
I am on a mission to have at least 100 of you who read this Blog go buy one item and with that one item you will have given $1,000 towards the mission of ending Sex Trafficking! Comment below when you have purchased your lump of coal or a nice pair of earrings! I also want to see you wear them and share this mission!!!
Blog Post written by Barbara Hubbard owner of Freegrance Products
Photos by Ashley Culpepper