Welcome to Shared Trade!


We're so glad you're here to join Thistle Farms' global marketplace in the growing movement for women's economic freedom.As a global community of social enterprises, we offer handmade quality products that represent healing and empowerment. Our 18 partner social enterprises provide dignifying employment and safe workplaces for women artisans in 10 countries.
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Reflections on PURPOSE Jewelry

Thistle Farms is a proud partner of PURPOSE Jewelry, a social enterprise through International Sanctuary (or iSanctuary). International Sanctuary works to empower young women that have been rescued from sexual exploitation. This social enterprise offers rescued girls an opportunity to support themselves and gain experience and job training; developing the skills to earn an income is especially important for rescued girls because the likelihood of re-exploitation is high if girls are unable to develop skills to be financially independent. Please take a moment to watch this incredible video about the work iSanctuary is doing. 

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Gifts for the Journey: Clean for Good

As a group of unlikely soapmakers in Milwaukee, women at Gifts for the Journey craft handmade all-natural soaps with essential oils as part of their healing from addiction, street life, and prison. 

In 1995, around the time that Becca Stevens was talking to women in the streets of Nashville, Father Robert Wheelock and Father Michael Sullivan took to the streets of Milwaukee with a similar vision of love and compassion. Today, twenty years later, Franciscan Peacemakers’ Street Ministry includes the Clare Community – a sister organization to Magdalene House. 

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Introducing our Lwala Aprons!

This month, we are excited to carrying our first Shared Trade item by New Vision Women’s Sewing Cooperative in Lwala, Kenya: hand-sewn African wax print aprons. Previously, New Vision’s products were only available as part of Thistle Farms bath and body kits. These 100% cotton aprons are beautifully vibrant and serve as a reminder of the power of community change.

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