Thistle Farms was founded by Rev. Becca Stevens in 1997. Thistle Farms includes a two-year residential program and advocacy services for up to 700 women on an annual basis. It is a community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms also employs more than 45 survivors through their social enterprises such as Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and Thistle Farms Global.
“Becca Stevens is a bestselling author, social justice activist, and priest. Featured regularly in national and international media, she was named one of “15 Champions of Change” for violence against women in 2011 by the White House.” [thistlefarms.org]
Thistle Farms Global: Shared Trade an international marketplace which is also a vehicle for women’s economic freedom. They offer quality handmade products from a global community of social enterprises that provides employment and safe workplaces for women artisans in 10 countries collectively employing over 1,000 women. The Thistle Farms Global social enterprise partners offer women a chance to experience economic opportunity and a healing community. “With the support and sales of Thistle Farms Global, partner enterprises can hire more women, increase wages, and reinvest in higher quality production.” For more info, click here.
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