The Esther Project
The Esther Project
At first glance you may see the Ester project as a store with fine handcrafted items. But please look deeper because there is way more to this Partner Project than Just a store. We met Stacy in Nairobi on our last stay in the city. She has a great heart to stop human trafficking, once more she found the best way to stop the hideous practice is to empower the people closest to the problem. Economic hardships in a developing nation become the breeding ground for many illegal and illicit activities. providing a viable income empowers these people to stand up and begin to not only stop the trafficking but rescue those already involved and hurt from the hateful crimes. The women in Kenya struggle to feed their families on less than $2 a day (and some even less than that). As a consequence of this food and economic insecurity, over 50 children are trafficked per week in Kenya. When the founder of The Esther Project Shop Stacy Hollingsworth realized this, she knew she had to do something. The inability to secure a sustainable income is not for lack of craft or effort. Many of the women Stacy worked with had skills but nowhere to market their goods except at the open air markets in town. They would go and sit all day, sell nothing, and then have to return home where the workload was heavy.
Stacy decided to create a place for women to market their products thereby providing them with a sustainable income. The Esther Project Shop was born.
The team started with five women. Today, The Esther Project Shop-now a 501C3-supports 57 families, an orphanage for children rescued from sexual abuse and/or trafficking, and a school for girls where they are trained in tailoring.
The project continues to grow and products are no longer moving from Kenya to the United States in suitcases but in shipping containers! The Esther Project Shop’s long-term goal is to continue to grow within Kenya’s borders and spread to other countries in the world. Will you join us in holding this vision for women and children around the world?
Stacy's project needs to raise a 62000.00 budget that will enable her and her projects partners to continue pulling these women and children out of the sex trafficking industry.