Cary Heise, Designed For Joy

Designed For Joy provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability. The heart and soul of DFJ comes from inspiration by international friends creating fair trade artisan groups. DFJ has spent years supporting international artisans’ groups. Their first trip to Rwanda introduced them to an artisan group taking 30 women off the streets working in the sex industry and kept them off the streets while producing quality products in a safe and faith-based work environment. Together with volunteers and financial supporters, they have created that same work model in North Carolina by opening their studio in December of 2017.

Gorgeous professionally made leather bags, jewelry, home decor and charcuterie boards made by women emerging from sex trafficking, homelessness, time in prison and other vulnerable situations. 

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