I bought a beautiful unique scarf made of recycled saris from a friends' annual 'Christmas Store' at her home. Recently, I called her to ask where she purchased these scarves. I wanted to feature them in my store in Kenmore, Healthy Homes & Lifestyles, where I sell items made of recycled materials, plant based/natural supplements and products from locally owned businesses.
What I found was an organization www.ConciousByKali.com created by clothing designer Kali Basi from Yelm Washington. I met with Kali and learned the tragic story behind the scarves. Kali created this company for the sole purpose of helping young women and children that are the victims of human trafficking. She personally funded a factory in Nepal that hires, trains and educates rescued survivors. They create these beautiful recycled sari/felted scarves that Kali sells in the United States. 100% of the proceeds go back to the women/girl survivors.
Each scarf is tagged and signed by the survivor that made it saying, 'Your purchase helps ensure the new livelihood of a sex trafficking survivor. Thank you for making a difference!'
*Nearly 80% of all human trafficking involves sexual exploitation. *Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise; it holds low risk with high profits. *Human slaves are cheaper today than they have ever historically been. This is due to the increase in global population and impoverished areas. *Humans can be bought and sold repeatedly, unlike drugs. *Once rescued, slavery victims are often considered pariahs in society.