You may have noticed mid-year that the project you support had a bit of a name change. Economic Freedom, or as it’s been referred to in the past, Women at Risk, has had another effective and exciting year. The name changed to allow for growth in this area that might include other at-risk groups, but the heart and mission remains the same: we partner with leaders on the ground who provide both economic opportunity and holistic care to at-risk communities.
Many Mocha Club members will recall that our friends, Women at Risk in Ethiopia, provide rehabilitative care and job training to former sex workers. Graduates go on to many employment opportunities, one of which is to create gorgeous scarves through our sister organization, fashionABLE. These scarves were featured this year in places like E!, People Magazine and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The stories behind the scarves continue to be both heartbreaking and beautifully redemptive. The Women at Risk facility saw 14 graduates mid-year, 19 additional women part-way through counseling and training, and a new round of women currently beginning the process of healing after facing a lifetime of unimaginable atrocities.
Women have recently gone on to start small businesses like hair salons, coffee shops, and bakeries. Mocha Club members support women like Hana who shared that she dreams of being a “hard worker, continuing my education once I settled well in my business and teaching the women in prostitution to help them come out of this bad life.” …THANK YOU!