This recent feature on Click on Detroit, Channel 4, Amanda Kowski and Shannon Sloan, founders of Ring True, sheds light on their unique approach to business – combining entrepreneurship with social impact.
The sisters turned their passion for supporting human trafficking survivors into action by founding Ring True. This innovative venture crafts jewelry with messages of encouragement, aiming not just to sell products but to uplift spirits.
Ring True stands out by employing survivors to craft their jewelry, offering them a pathway to healing and financial independence. This model is not just about providing jobs; it’s about restoring dignity and hope.
Jill, a survivor and former resident at the Hope Against Trafficking Safe House in Oakland County, shared her journey. Initially hesitant, she discovered that making jewelry became a form of therapy, a way to heal and reclaim her sense of self-worth. This sentiment is echoed by Lexie Schwarze, the executive director at Hope Against Trafficking, who emphasized the importance of helping survivors realize their value, worth, and potential for success.
Each piece of jewelry from Ring True carries a profound message, not just in its design but in its packaging. The box lid proudly states that the item was made and packaged in a safe home by a survivor. Underneath, a card hand-signed by the survivor who crafted it offers words of encouragement and strength. It’s a testament to the beauty that arises when compassion meets action.
Ring True and Hope Against Trafficking are more than just names. They symbolize a movement of empowerment, healing, and societal transformation. The story of Amanda and Shannon inspires us all to believe in the power of purpose-driven business to make a real difference.