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.
The original red seed came from the Sandalwood tree, native to Cambodia. Sandalwood trees produce colorless pods that eventually dry up and fall to the ground. But inside these dried pods are beautiful, glossy, red seeds. To our artisans and survivors, these seeds represent the beauty in each of the survivors who have been freed from human trafficking and those waiting to be rescued. Our current red seed mark on 3 Strands products, began in Cambodia with the vision of one red seed, which reminds us of the beauty within every survivor.
In 2011, 3 Strands Shop was founded to support young women being rescued and rehabilitated as human trafficking survivors in Cambodia. 3 Strands Shop helps to provide sustainable jobs for these young women, enabling them to reintegrate into their community with honor and dignity. In addition to providing employment for survivors, through the sale of every 3 Strands product, funds are raised to help empower and employ young women so that they may have a future that is full of hope.
Nepalese artisans are the creators of our beautiful glass beaded bracelets, colored by rich cultural heritage. When 3 Strands Shop first started our work with our Nepal artisans, financial sustainability did not exist for these women, families or their communities. These individuals 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.
Our Vietnam artisan group creates a wide range of products including handbags, accessories, clothes and scarves in an ethical, Fair-Trade center that provides secure work, training and healthy working conditions. Each artisan is encouraged to learn new skills and progress within the company, helping to forge pathways to greater stability and prosperity for the individuals reclaiming their lives.
Our partners in Haiti create beautiful, handcrafted 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, just as they rehabilitate their own lives as they recover from exploitation and neglect.
The mantra of our Haitian partners is “many hands make the load light,” and they believe that when the designers, artisans, and consumers work together we can help lighten each other’s load and bring about lasting positive impact.
How do you break the shackles of generational poverty? Our Romanian partners are developing skills and gaining independence through their work, restoring dignity and empowering people to provide for their families through the beautiful craftsmanship of their leather products.