Scarlet Threads empowers rural women through employment.
It all began in 2007 when Carrie and her husband moved from the USA to China to work with special needs orphans. As they began working and knowing the cases of the children, their new direction was clear. Poverty. “Children become orphans due to poverty. As [they] learned more and talked to people, [they] began to understand that so many of the social problems [they] saw were fundamentally rooted in poverty.” So they believe that with knowledge comes responsibility, and so they sought out ways to help.
In 2009, they met their first seamstress. “After doing a few small projects for [them], [they] grew more and more impressed with her skill and attention to detail. [They] learned that she wanted to do more work to help support her family”, and that was when Scarlet Threads was born. They decided to practice Fair Trade ethics and help support the local Chinese community. Continue reading