Eleventh Candle Co is a social enterprise that seeks to redeem, restore, empower and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction. It is a way to employ women and empower them through work.
Amber’s interest in human trafficking was born during a trip to Ethiopia, where she witnessed human trafficking in broad daylight. And she wasn’t okay with this. When she returned home to Columbus, Ohio, she was shocked to learn that human trafficking was just as prevalent in her hometown as it was in Ethiopia. So she set to work to figure out a way to make an impact.
She googled what businesses she could start that would take the least amount of capital, and she came up with… candles. She started over two years ago, mostly selling online and at festivals and events, and just recently opened their first store in the Madery, at the Co-Hatch in Worthington — a place where artisans make their socially minded, locally made, and finely crafted products right in front of your eyes.
While reflecting on their journey, Amber remarked that she grew up through foster care and recognizes the statistics of what can happen… 50% of kids in foster care are trafficked or abused: she could easily have been one of those she works with today.
Original article by Adam Morris. Continue reading at Medium.