3 Strands Shop works with artisan groups to provide employment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk in communities around the world. 3 Strands Shop markets, sells and distributes bracelets, bags, scarves and other accessories created by human trafficking survivors and those at risk of being trafficked.
By working with these artisan partners, 3 Strands Shop provides sustainable employment to help survivors and those at risk live independently, providing hope for a future and freedom from traffickers. The average salary of 3 Strands Shop artisan employees may be as much as 3x that of their peers in their communities.
3 Strands was founded in 2011 and started with work in Cambodia, in partnership with Agape International Missions (AIM), an organization dedicated to prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration initiatives. 3 Strands has also helps provide employment for at-risk individuals at artisan groups in in Haiti, Nepal, Vietnam, India and Romania. In addition to providing jobs for survivors and those at risk, a portion of the profits from product sales are donated to AIM, 3 Strand Shop’s founding partner in the fight against human trafficking.
Today, 3 Strands Shop products may be found online, and at a variety of retailers across the U.S.
Why the Red Seed?
Cambodia’s Sandalwood tree produces a colorless pod that dries up and falls to the ground. Inside each pod is a brilliant, glossy red seed, hidden unless it is freed from its shell.
To the young people we support, the red seeds represent the beauty inside every survivor, and those waiting to be rescued. Every 3 Strands Shop product features this red seed, or a red bead or red mark symbolizing the red seed.
Watch this short video to learn about 3 Strands Shop.