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starfish project

Starfish Project was established in 2006 to empower exploited women in Asia. 

The Project developed a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care services. Starfish Project provides opportunities for women to heal and grow through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education grants and health care access, as well as providing housing in our women’s shelter. As of 2013, the Project had grown to support approximately 50 women, primarily through the jewelry company where women have taken on new levels of responsibility and leadership, and are able to provide for their families through meaningful employment.

After successfully developing a business model and holistic care program, Starfish Project is expanding into other cities in order to help even more women. Since 2011 two separate groups of individuals working with exploited women in smaller, poorer locations have approached Starfish about potential partnership in order to utilize the Project’s resources to reach more exploited women in more cities. The need is so great and widespread that Starfish decided to expand by opening 2 new branches of the Project in these two cities. As of 2013, the Project now operates and offers employment and care to exploited women in 3 different cities in Asia. Starfish Project is committed to restoring hope for each woman who enters its doors.

Here are some photos I made for them.