Photographer: Isabel Wanjui

Photographer: Isabel Wanjui

Sexual slavery continues to plague East Africa, and too many other parts of the world, crippling young girls mentally and physically before their lives have truly started.  Plume seeks to be a part of eradicating this plague.  

PLUME partners with Art and Abolition to fund and direct the women's economic empowerment program, Women For Women (W4W).  Art and Abolition is a non-profit organization based in Kenya, whose mission is to heal and empower young survivors of sex slavery by providing them a home and a education  after extricating them from a life of sexual violence.   Many of the mothers have to sell their daughters’ bodies, sometimes for as little as a bowl of rice,  just to buy food and pay the rent for the family.

Plume plays a vital role in breaking this vicious cycle by providing the mothers with the much needed skills and resources to be able to earn a living wage through craftwork and sales of their own handmade products.  W4W provides training in income generating trade activities within a community setting, to the mothers of these girls, and collaborates with them to develop designs that they are able to craft, as well as provides them a platform for orders for their products on the Plume website.  

All proceeds from sales of W4W products, as well as your donations, are used to purchase materials, hire trainers, and pay the women a fair wage.  This is the start of an ongoing partnership designed to provide a steady income for the group of Mamas and, in doing so, a stable home for their girls. PLUME is committed to completing the circle of healing and to breaking the cycle of sexual violence by enabling the girls to return home. Our goal is to guide the mothers to develop a profitable business model and economic independence. 

Thank you for your support!! 

Please click on the link below to make a donation.  *write " Plume"  in the memo section

http://theartandabolitionmovement.org/enquire-and-donate/

Or click on the link below to purchase our bracelets made by W4W.  All Proceeds from your purchase will go to the W4W project.

https://plumecollection.com/bracelets/women-4-women-beaded-bracelet

 


Meet The Mamas

 

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Mama Angel

"This program is important to me because before, I used to live a life of tears and sorrow but now that has changed.  I used to be the laughing stock of the community but now people look at me with more respect. I pray that the project continues and I will soon be able to move out of the slum".

 
                             

                             

 Mama Cecilia

"I feel like now I am a hero because I can now independently provide for my children. I think that I might even open a business and educate others with the skills that I have learned in this program".

 
                                                                    

                                                                    

Mama Diana

 "I am quite grateful for the Women's Economic Empowerment Program for many reasons but especially because I can see how my involvement has benefited my children. I hope that I will continue to see an improved change in my lifestyle like I have been seeing".

 

Mama Mary

"Before being in the program I was in a bad place and right now I can see a visible change in my life. I believe that soon I will be able to lead a different and better lifestyle".

 
                                                       

                                                       

Mama Eunice

"I pray that this program never ends because it has helped me more than I can put into words, and as time goes by I see myself living in better circumstances because of it".

 
                                                                   

                                                                   

Mama Maria

"Since I have been in this program I have been able to pay for my rent and I feel that I am making better choices. I hope that one day I might even be able to move into another house".