People are trafficked from 127 countries and are exploited in 137 countries according to the United Nations.
However, you’re probably looking at that statistic and going “but…is there anything I can do really?” As an independent small business owner, it’s safe to assume that you’re not a trained therapist. And even if you are, it is still a complex problem lacking an easy solution.
The good news is that you can also offer men, women, and children who have been victims of human trafficking in the past a second chance.
On today’s episode I spoke to a hospice nurse, who started her own company after seeing what severe poverty really looks like in countries like Honduras, Haiti, Kenya and Ethiopia.
But the real source of motivation for Amber Runyon, Eleventh Candle’s founder, was watching young children be sold like cattle in the marketplace, amongst broad daylight.
If you want your business to be a supportive environment for people who have lived in similar conditions, there’s a lot you can learn from her. And if you want to support her work, donate to her charity or buy one of her candles.
What this episode covers:
About Amber Runyon, the founder:
Amber is a Hospice Nurse who became a social entrepreneur. She founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction.
Amber focuses on providing therapeutic work setting that allows all women a fair chance and opportunity to grow.
About Eleventh Candle:
Eleventh Candle Co is a social enterprise local to Columbus, Ohio, that employs women who are survivors of human trafficking, exploitation, addiction and abuse to hand-make our 100% soy wax candles/melts and high-quality room sprays.
Legacy provides coaching, counselling and employment opportunities for the women in their program.
Where you can find more about Amber’s work online:
Check out the Eleventh Candle website: www.eleventhcandleco.com
As a special thank you for tuning in to the Eleventh Candle episode of my podcast, the company’s community manager wanted me to share with you a free shipping code for People Behind the Business listeners.
And the shipping code is… “Rosemary”.
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