Abi is living a happy, free life, and believes that every person who works with her or on her products deserves the same. Since 2007, Abi Ferrin's Freedom Project has existed to aid those who are constantly faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. As a whole the company is committed to doing business solely with ethical manufacturing partners. Thus far, Abi has partnered with groups in Nepal, Cambodia + Peru to help give survivors of abuse, exploitation and discrimination, a chance to have a happy, fulfilled life personally and professionally. With your conscious purchase, you are ensuring an ethical supply chain and helping to employ both men and women who come from marginalized backgrounds as every Abi Ferrin garment is tagged with a special handmade button, so every purchase is a loving contribution. Our goal is to give our partners the ability to always be able to buy their own shoes, and help them change the mentality that has kept their families in this oppression for generations.
All people employed by our partners:
- Receive Fair Wages They Can Live On + Generous Benefits (different than minimum wage, which in some countries is literally pennies a day)
- Education Programs: Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Personal Financial Management
- Literacy + English Classes
- Counseling To Help Them Recover From Years of Abuse
Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang district of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.
Sak Saum is run by Ginny Hanson, her husband Eric, and Theavy Kang, who have all dedicated their lives to the transformation of this area. By changing one person’s opportunity at a time, they are able to witness the growth of each individual and the positive effect it then has on the families and communities. The hope is that the mental model of selling your children for survival will be eradicated completely.
Since 2007 Abi Ferrin's Freedom Project has been supporting Sak Saum with a steady stream of income through the purchase of handmade buttons and other accessories used in Abi Ferrin garment production.
Purnaa is an ethical contract garment manufacturer in Kathmandu, Nepal with a social mission to empower those most marginalized by society to fresh starts and fulfilled lives. They produce premium garments and accessories, primarily women's and children's wear, in a beautiful, “not-a-sweatshop”, manufacturing unit. They are passionate about quality manufacturing, environmental sustainability, and making Purnaa a great place to work.
Purnaa is a social enterprise, which means that they gauge their success by the lives they impact. It also means that all of their profits are reinvested to further the social mission of creating training and job opportunities for survivors of abuse, exploitation and those discriminated against because of caste, religion or disease. All Purnaa employees are eligible for school scholarships for their children. In this way, Purnaa empowers the next generation to become less vulnerable to exploitation and to break free from the cycle of poverty.
Abi Ferrin has worked with Purnaa since their start in 2014. Purnaa handcrafts beautiful cashmere and garments for the AbiPaige Luxury Cashmere line, click here to shop.
Dinadi is a social business established in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal is still recovering from last years devastating earthquake and struggles with issues such as unemployment, poverty, human trafficking and bonded labour. They believe one of the keys to bringing change to these issues is good job opportunities, both for those who've survived these issues and for those who are at risk to be affected by them. Dinadi exists for them. Rather than working in a factory each piece we make is crafted in our artisans homes. This gives maximum flexibility for our employees to stay at home to be with their small children, care for family members in need, or work their way through college. On each product label you will see the signature of the artisan who has proudly crafted your piece.
Each AbiPaige hand crochet and knitted piece is created by the artisans of Dinadi.
For information regarding speaking opportunities with Abi Ferrin, please click here.