Teaming Up Tuesday: The Starfish Project

It’s week two in our October series, Teaming Up Tuesdays. Let me tell ya, the fun has only just begun! This week we’re thrilled to introduce you to another amazing project working day in and day out to end modern day slavery. Just like our friend last week, they’re doing it with gorgeous jewelry. Can I just say how brilliant I think that plan is? Seriously. Women—we love jewelry. Like so much. And it’s crazy how much more I love it when I know my purchase is going to empower other women! Anyways. Back to our introduction.

I first stumbled upon The Starfish Project a few months back when I was looking to invest in a 30th birthday present to myself that would remind me of this passion and calling to end it that God has put inside of me. I quickly found this amazing project and I’ve been a fan and a supporter ever since. I’m so excited to share them with you!

Brand: The Starfish Project

Helping Women In: Asia (specifically out of the brothels)

What they’re all about:Starfish Project is a social enterprise that cares for women coming out of exploitation. Starfish Project has employed over 130 women and has served thousands through our Community Outreach Services”

The meaning behind the name? The Starfish Parable:

One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said,

“I made a difference to that one!”

Their method: At Starfish Project we help exploited women and girls experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers. We provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and our social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. Through our Holistic Care Programs, we provide vocational training, healthcare, shelter, counseling, and education grants for our women and their children. (All information taken from

You can follow The Starfish Project on Instagram at @starfish_project. 

That sweet little story tho! Right!? Every time I visit this site or take a stroll through their shop, I am so incredibly inspired to be a part of what they’re doing. I especially love their focus on the one and how making a difference even just one at a time means everything. I love the products I’ve purchased from this shop, and this is the coolest part: they come with a handwritten note from the beautiful woman across the ocean who helped to make your piece! She shares how your purchase helped her study and develop her career further. I love wearing that ring for that reason alone—not to mention it’s gorgeous!

I do encourage you to take some time this week to browse their site. You will not be disappointed. It’s chock full of amazing information, survivor stories, how to make a difference, and of course gorgeous accessories. Oh, and hint hint, there’s probably a midweek giveaway coming your way on behalf of our amazing friends at The Starfish Project but I can’t say for sure!

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