Thistle Farms

Started in 2001 as a small enterprise making products in a chapel kitchen, Thistle Farms now includes three social enterprises that provide supportive, skill-building employment opportunities to 59 women healing from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction.  The enterprises include Thistle Farms Home & Body, which manufactures natural bath and body products sold online and through 450 stores across the country; Thistle Stop Cafe, which provides drinks and homemade, healthful food; and Thistle Farms Studio, which makes a variety of artisan crafts involving paper-making, screen-printing, sewing, and metalwork.  Launched in 2012, Thistle Farms Global is a partnership of 18 social enterprises from 10 countries employing over 1,000 women that have come together in an on-line international marketplace that directly links women producers to customers, thus increasing wages and profits for the women survivors.

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