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Rachel Ramenda: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

Rachel Ramenda: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking
Rachel: Thanks so much for having me, Spiffy. I am addressing the huge challenge of human trafficking — an umbrella term that covers multiple types of exploitation, including forced labor, child labor, and sex trafficking. My organization, Stop Modern Day Slavery, educates the public on this human rights violation through online articles and social media campaigns. We provide our readers with the tools to identify trafficking in their communities and encourage them to support brands with fair labor practices over those with murky supply chains. Above all, we advocate for freedom, dignity, and fair work conditions for all.

Aishwarya Sunaad: Creating a Luxury Textile Brand from the Village Up

Aishwarya Sunaad: Creating a Luxury Textile Brand from the Village Up
Aishwarya: Thank you so much for coming here, Spiffy. Ordinaire is a social business, built by women from Indian villages, who are scripting a new narrative for themselves and their communities, with every product they sew. Rural India is considered among the poorest demographics in the world, plagued by unemployment, malnutrition, lack of healthcare and education, and debilitating poverty. But there is immense talent and skill in India's villages, and the bulk of this talent lies with women. Ordinaire draws inspiration from and is built by ordinary women. Working in three villages, its stakeholders leverage their sewing skills to create utilitarian lifestyle products made from scrap textiles from export factories, generating income, financial independence, and savings.

John Taka: Expanding Economic Opportunities in his Papau New Guinea Hometown

John Taka: Expanding Economic Opportunities in his Papau New Guinea Hometown
John: Thanks so much for having me, Spiffy! So, in 2013 I started a charity organization called Seeds of Hope PNG (Papua New Guinea) Inc., which addresses several main challenges. We provide a platform to provide funding support so tertiary and college students can continue their education. We provide initial capital for our youths to start and/or expand their small to medium business concepts and projects. Finally, we build roads so mothers can have their garden produce transported to the nearest main market.