Fair Trade

DFC supports only non-profit and small business organizations that abide by fair trade principles in order to fight for the end of human trafficking.

Fair Trade Principles
Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships.
Build Capacity
Promote Fair Trade
Pay Promptly and Fairly
Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
Ensure the Rights of Children
Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
Respect Cultural Identity

for more about fair trade, visit the Fair Trade Federation.

Our Artisans

Delicate Fortress Creations exists to provide you a way to fight some of the greatest atrocities of this world in the comfort of your own home with the language that often times speaks loudest - buying power.

Every item in our store fights either child exploitation, modern day slavery and extreme poverty, all aspects of human trafficking. Created by the survivors themselves, the purchases you make will provide fair wages to the artisans who created them and much needed capital to the non- profits rescuing and supporting those individuals. We work with over 32 different non-profits and small businesses in just as many countries who are utilizing fair trade principles as one one way to make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors all over the world.  Check out 5 of our favorite artisan groups and learn directly from them about their missions and how powerful their work is! 

The International Princess Project

The International Princess Project (IPP) was founded in 2005 by Shannon Keith, after she visited India and saw forced prostitution firsthand. Wanting to make a difference, she started IPP as a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering these women and children who were being held against their will.

IPP creates sewing centers for women who have been rescued out of forced prostitution and provides fair trade employment while also ensuring holistic care is provided after the trauma they have been through. These women learn to sew and create beautiful pajamas, otherwise known as Punjammies, out of colorful Indian garments, inspired by their own beautiful Indian dress, the sari. The proceeds IPP receives from the selling of Punjammies goes back to India to pay the women a fair wage, provide living expenses, create savings accounts and holistic support for the women’s true restoration.

Creating Punjammies gives these women hope as a vocational trade will lead to a much greater chance of self sustainability. It also gives them a great sense of dignity and accomplishment as they learn to see themselves as talented individuals making an impact on others in their communities and across the world.

The greatest ways to help IPP are to buy punjammies, creating a demand for the garments and an assurance of help for these women and more in the future as well. See our gorgeous selection here!

Freeset

Freeset is located in Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India. Within a few square miles more than 10,000 women stand in line selling their bodies to thousands of men who visit daily. Many are trafficked from Bangladesh, Nepal and rural India. For others poverty has left them without options. The cries of their hungry children drive them to sell their bodies.

To make a difference that would bring real freedom for these women, Kerry and Annie Hilton began to understand there needed to be a business alternative. Women could be trained with new skills for a new job and empowered with life-skills needed to appreciate freedom. After experimenting with different products and testing the market, they decided to make jute bags for the export market.


Freeset opened its doors in 2001 with twenty women brave enough to trust a couple of foreigners and seize the opportunity to leave the sex trade behind.

The women are paid around twice the going rate for an equivalent job elsewhere and as part of their employment package have health insurance and a pension plan. A woman is employed full-time to ensure that staff are able to access their health insurance entitlements.

Every woman who finds freedom through Freeset also brings freedom to her family. They find hope for a brighter future and the means to make it a reality. As the business has grown, a positive community has emerged calling itself the "Freeset family. This family not only supports its own members, but impacts on the wider community. The common understanding is "we're in this together".

Visit us here to see our beautiful Freeset bags!



Good Paper

Good Paper is committed to offering products that provide employment to the most vulnerable members of society. All of our producers pay fair, living wages and provide safe, dignifying work conditions.

Sanctuary Spring is a line of beautiful, fair trade greeting cards handcrafted by women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines. These women were originally forced into prostitution by others or because they had no other means of providing for their families. Now, they are participating in restoration services provided by local charities in order to forge a new beginning for their lives. With limited job options in the Philippines, Sanctuary Spring is a critical lifeline that provides safe, dignifying, and empowering work.

Our greeting cards are all handcrafted by young people in Rwanda who have been orphaned by genocide or AIDS. The cardmakers are all heads of households, responsible for providing for the remaining younger siblings in their family. Cards from Africa pays above-market wages so that the cardmakers can feed their families and send the younger siblings to school. All the colored papers are made by recycling Rwandan office materials by hand as an expression of environmental stewardship.

View our handmade greeting cards here.


Made by Survivors

Made by Survivors’ mission is to fight slavery and other severe human rights abuses with employment, education and entrepreneurship, helping survivors and people at high risk to get free and remain free forever from slavery and all other forms of exploitation.

Their vision is to give survivors the tools they need to overcome tremendous stigma and to advance far above the poverty line, transforming their identity and social status.  Made by Survivors' programs empower marginalized girls and women to become leaders in their families and communities, who are able to rescue and uplift others, helping to end slavery once and for all.

When rescued, trafficking victims face huge challenges. Without job opportunities or even basic education, many are trafficked again, or fall back into exploitative situations because they have no other options for survival.


Founded in 1995, Made by Survivors provides jobs, education and shelter to survivors of slavery, child marriage, and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand, where human trafficking is a huge problem.

They train survivors and create jobs in highly respected professions, with high wages that develop business and entrepreneurial skills. One of their most successful programs is our Jewelry Program. In India, metalsmithing is traditionally a male-only profession. Our survivor-metalsmiths are breaking gender barriers, earning a middle class wage, rescuing others, and uplifting their families and communities.

To see our Made by Survivors jewelry line, visit us here.

Thistle Farms

Magdalene is a residential program in Nashville, TN for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Graduates of this 2 year residential program often move on to Magdalene's social enterprise, Thistle Farms.

Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made.

Thistle Farms employs almost 60 Magdalene residents or graduates. While working at Thistle Farms, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account provided by Magdalene. Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation.