Providing Employment & Support to Human Trafficking Survivors

Rosemary Richings
4 min readJul 5, 2018

People are trafficked from 127 countries and are exploited in 137 countries according to the United Nations.

However, you’re probably looking at that statistic and going “but…is there anything I can do really?” As an independent small business owner, it’s safe to assume that you’re not a trained therapist. And even if you are, it is still a complex problem lacking an easy solution.

The good news is that you can also offer men, women, and children who have been victims of human trafficking in the past a second chance.

On today’s episode I spoke to a hospice nurse, who started her own company after seeing what severe poverty really looks like in countries like Honduras, Haiti, Kenya and Ethiopia.

But the real source of motivation for Amber Runyon, Eleventh Candle’s founder, was watching young children be sold like cattle in the marketplace, amongst broad daylight.

If you want your business to be a supportive environment for people who have lived in similar conditions, there’s a lot you can learn from her. And if you want to support her work, donate to her charity or buy one of her candles.

What this episode covers:

  • Who is Amber Runyon?
  • Amber’s greatest passion: teaching little girls to dream and reinvesting in broken women and what exactly that means…
  • How Amber’s bond with a little girl named Mulu changed her life
  • Amber’s advice on fair treatment of cultural differences: “it’s important to remember that the American way isn’t always the best way. I find that it’s about listening more than actually doing”
  • Why she believes love above all else is something that can transcend all cultures
  • Creating a welcoming environment…
Rosemary Richings

Writer, editor, author, neurodiversity advocate with a lived experience, dyspraxic POV