3Strands is building a global community of skilled artisans, providing sustainable job opportunities, livable wages and hope for the future for young women and families around the world.
In 2010, 3Strands was founded to provide employment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk. The organization also helps fund rescue and restoration programs to support young human trafficking survivors in Cambodia. 3Strands helps to provide sustainable jobs, enabling them to reintegrate into their community with honor and dignity. Through the sale of 3Strands bracelets, employment is provided, and funds are raised to support the efforts in Cambodia.
3Strands artisan partners in Vietnam have several weaving facilities set up by families throughout their villages where they can work on shared looms. These communities enable developing countries to meet economic goals while preserving traditional crafting techniques. Artisans developed this skill into a sustainable and dependable form of income. The scarves are taken to one dyeing facility where all products are hand-dyed and nished. 3Strands assists in product development, finding new markets for products, and ensuring safe dyeing ingredients that pass all international standards.
Our Peruvian artisan partners create sustainable employment opportunities to better the lives of impoverished women and empower them with hope and dignity. They have created a unique hand-crafted knitwear fashion line with the women of Trujillo, using luxurious alpaca yarn and silky pima cotton from Peru. This group also provides funding for training opportunities that grant women the possibility to obtain marketable skills and better manage the futures of their lives and that of their families.
Our newest artisan partners are based in a Roma community in North West Romania where the Hungarian plain meets the Zarand mountains. Our partners work provides a bridge to helping people escape from cycles of generational poverty, developing skills and potential in individuals, restoring dignity and empowering people to provide for their families.
Haiti is a country defined by extreme poverty with an overwhelming number of children left in orphanages because families are unable to provide. Haitian artisans are given hope through the dignity of a job and the ability to provide for their children. The artisans create beautiful, hand-crafted products out of discarded and seemingly unusable materials including metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt and paper. They breathe beauty back into discarded items that were once considered of no value.
Another Haitian artisan group that 3Strands has partnered with provides sustainable individual and community development through design, training and job creation. Their workshop has evolved into a training and production center employing more than 150 people, bringing a lasting positive impact to their communities. Haitian artisan crafting includes leatherwork, sewing, jewelry making, aluminum casting, metal work, weaving, beadwork, horn and bone, tailoring and shoemaking. 3Strands and our partners provide consistent employment opportunities and stability to individuals in vulnerable communities.
Nepalese artisans are the creators of our beautiful glass-beaded bracelets, colored by a rich cultural heritage. Historically, financial sustainability did not exist for these women, families and their communities. These women are now able to provide for their families and most importantly, provide an alternative to human trafficking. They have a new sense of pride, prestige and hope for the future that comes with earning a livable wage.