For about 10 years, a dedicated team of volunteers and advocates in the US and Canada worked faithfully to sell jewelry, cards, and sewing products made by women at The Well.
This created an opportunity for women who had exited the sex industry or were at risk of exploitation to participate in a creative, mother-friendly work environment.
Our goal has always been to empower women not only to heal, but to thrive.
Toward the end of 2016, we determined that teaching women in Bangkok to design and produce jewelry was helpful while they needed to get their feet back under them, but was not enough to equip them to understand entrepreneurship and business management.
Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city, and Thailand is not a third world country. In order to empower women to make a good living, we needed to do better.
We want to see women in Thailand becoming thriving business leaders and innovators, creating the social change and opportunities to break the cycles of abuse and dysfunction that lead to trafficking and other brokenness. That means we need to create opportunities beyond jewelry production.
It’s possible we’ll bring a new version of Narimon back to North America someday. If you would be interested in being part of that, send us a note – or better yet, keep in touch by signing up for The Well’s newsletter. We’ll announce any special events or changes there first.