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Can the power of retail save survivors of trafficking, conflict, and disease?

Photo credit: To The Market blog

To The Market, a new U.S.-based online shop, seeks to support survivors of human trafficking, conflict and disease by selling their hand-made goods. The site partners with grassroots organizations around the world that employ women who are suffering from diseases like HIV and polio, who have survived sexual assault, or who have escaped from areas of conflict. To The Market adheres to strict child labor standards, and insists that employees are paid a “living wage” for their work (that salary varies depending on the region). Basically, the site allows shoppers to purchase beautiful hand-made crafts while supporting women who are trying to reclaim their lives. Really, it’s a win-win situation.

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