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Starfish Project - Mae Lee's Story

Starfish Project - Mae Lee's Story

Starfish Project is a Social Enterprise with a Holistic Care Program that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. At Starfish Project, women and girls experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers. Starfish Project makes and sells accessories for women. Its slogan is Wear Hope. Give Hope.
Starfish Project has employed and trained over 160 women and served thousands more through its community outreach. All staff members have their own stories. But, as an example, here is Mae Lee’s story as shared on Starfish Project’s website.

“When I was 15 years old, my mom trafficked me to Greece. I was exploited for 6 years before I was able to return to my home country. When I returned, Starfish Project stepped in and offered me a new beginning. I've been able to pursue dreams that I once thought were impossible. Having only an elementary school education, I was excited to study literacy, English, math and computers.
Through the program, I discovered my passion for capturing beauty. I've received specialized training and mentoring by professional photographers. Currently, I take many of the product and model photos on our website and social media. I came to Starfish Project with no confidence in myself, but now, I take pride in my work. While at Starfish Project, I have also gotten married and had a beautiful daughter. I have big dreams for my family's future, and I can't wait to achieve them!”

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