Why Bras?

Women we work with were sold into prostitution, often as children.  Bras provide the following:

GREAT INCOME

Second-hand clothing is a thriving industry in many countries around the world. Bras are usually sought after items. Some of the girls in our program are making 3-5x the minimum wage in their community by selling bras!

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Bras provide an opportunity for these women to work with other women, since they have a history of being abused and used by men.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Most of the women we work with were sold into prostitution as children, only 8-10 years old. Because their lives were stolen from them, they missed out on going to school and getting an education. Selling bras allows them to work as much or as little as their school schedule permits.

SUSTAINABLE MODEL

Once a program has been started with an aftercare provider, it is designed to sustain itself. The women in our program receive their starting inventory as a donation, and are then able to buy additional inventory from Free The Girls for below wholesale value to help maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace.  Revenue from inventory sales helps subsidize overseas program costs.

MINIMAL EFFECT ON LOCAL MARKETS

There is no doubt that second-hand clothing had an effect on local production of clothing in Africa in the past. However, researchers have shown that the current impact is far less than would be assumed.  Read more here.