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”.

 

Donate

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.

 

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

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

Violet Felt and Dell Bead Necklace

Violet Felt and Dell Bead Necklace

  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 inco...

$ 28.00

Jean's patchwork bag

Jean's patchwork bag

Jean is a single mother of two children living near Chiang Mai in Thailand. Her story is one that reflects her diligence, integrity and committment to her children even when h...

$ 58.95

Mandarine

Mandarine

  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 A...

$ 28.00

Ocean

Ocean

  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. Ar...

$ 28.00

Parakeet Felt Necklace

Parakeet Felt Necklace

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...

$ 24.00

AmdoCraft Apron

AmdoCraft Apron

  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 s...

$ 34.00

Tree of Life Pendant

Tree of Life Pendant

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

$ 54.00

Brass Bangle - geometric pattern

Brass Bangle - geometric 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 people the o...

$ 80.00

Cotton Scarf

Cotton Scarf

  Poom Products, a business located in Northern Cambodia, exists to see local, rural young women living secure and free lives for the long term. Poom Products Cambodia provid...

$ 34.00

Hen Basket

Hen Basket

This Hen shaped basket has been skillfully designed and hand crafted to make use of recycled papers by a small women's cooperative business in Thailand.  These women have turn...

$ 42.00