In which iSanctuary rescues human trafficking victims (+ a giveaway!)

iSanctuary is a social enterprise which employs young women rescued from human trafficking in both India and the US through the production and sale of fashion jewelry.

iSanctuary’s employs girls in India, ages 15-25, who have been rescued from the commercial sex trade and taught the skill of making beautiful handmade jewelry.

These young women are paid double the fair trade wage, enabling them to become self-sufficient once they transition out of the shelters, and allowing them to re-gain a sense of dignity, self-worth, and hope. iSanctuary also provides medical assistance, education, skills training, life skills, leadership opportunities, and financial stability to the survivors they work with. iSanctuary also started a program in the United States for victims of human trafficking, which consists of professional training, computer skills, building job history and references, positive experiences with authority, and developing self-sufficiency.

Over the course of five years they’ve been able to serve over 200 women as part of their dream to end human trafficking. Eshet chayil!

To bring awareness to their work, iSanctuary would like to give one of my readers a Barbed Wire Bangle. The Barbed Wire Bangle is both neutral, yet eye-catching. It’s simple, brass look makes it a great addition to any outfit, while it’s fun, spiraling design gives it that extra something. Pair it with any look, from cocktails to casual. (And it was handmade by survivors of human trafficking.)



To enter to win, visit the iSanctuary shop and then leave a comment on this post telling us which one is your favourite item. (Please make sure your comment includes a way for me to get in touch with you if you win! Email address is fine.)

I’ll choose a winner randomly. Giveaway closes on 31 January 2013.

Learn more about iSanctuary here.


All images courtesy of iSanctuary. 


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74 Responses to In which iSanctuary rescues human trafficking victims (+ a giveaway!)

  1. Jenny Lee January 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I love the Vintage Rose Pink Necklace. Thanks for sharing about iSanctuary! :)

  2. Rosanna January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Gorgeous stuff and such a great cause! The bracelet shown here is my favorite.

  3. Alexandra Stoehr January 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    What an awesome organization! Bellissimo Gold Necklace is my fave!

  4. J.R. Goudeau January 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I love the belissimo necklace too!

  5. Stephanie Lai January 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Love the Vintage Rose necklaces!

  6. Jamie January 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
    The crystal grey necklace is lovely!

  7. Laura Silvestri January 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I will definitely think of this next time I buy a gift! I love the Beautiful Green Necklace :)

  8. Abby Norman January 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    The barb wire stuff (bracelet and earrings) are my favorite. But seriously, can we talk about how beautiful and also reasonable this stuff is. I can actually afford to give it as gifts!

  9. C.C. @ I'm On My Way January 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I love the Everyday Hoops Silver Earrings. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing about this organization.
    <3 C.C.

  10. shelley nienhuis January 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    The first thing I thought of after reading this post was the documentary “Half the Sky”. Have you seen it? Thanks very much for making a path for iSanctuary to enlighten a few more of us. I’m in love with several of the jewellery pieces but I may just have to buy the Twisted Up necklace…

  11. Jennet Sullivan January 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Ohh, these are all beautiful!! I love the earrings especially :)

  12. KristenM January 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Lots to love but the Glamor Girl necklace is a favorite. I really like the barbed wire bangle as well for it’s powerful imagery.

  13. Anna January 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I love the drop brass earrings. :)

  14. Janice January 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    This is so great. I love the Barbed Wire Hoop Silver Earrings.

    And I’m bookmarking the store because I love what it is. For years I’ve dreamed, “Wouldn’t it be great to go help stop human trafficking?” So today I’m going to do it. Beginning with purchasing something from this shop. Maybe even a barbed wire bracelet so if I win I can give one away as a gift.

    Thanks for sharing Purchase with a Purpose with us.

  15. Team Cotey January 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I love both the peacock cuff & big drop earrings…thank you for letting me know about iSantuary!

  16. Jackie Turner January 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Oh, such beautiful things, but I think my favourite is the brass flower ring. I bookmarked the site for the birthday of a friend of mine. She worked in India with women who’d been trafficked. She will love this. xo

  17. Amy Lepine Peterson January 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I love it all. Thank you for highlighting this organization.

  18. cemcgill January 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    everything here is so pretty and affordable… a definite for gift-giving. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Caroline January 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    everything here is so pretty and affordable… a definite for gift-giving. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Andrea Beyer January 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    So hard to decide, they are all so pretty. I think the grey key necklace or the vintage lilac rose necklace are my favorites.

  21. MelissaT January 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I love the light leaves silver necklace. All of their designs are just beautiful!

  22. Laura Desch Johnson January 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    My fav is the vintage rose blue necklace… and i’m thinking i need to ask for some of this jewelry for my birthday :)

  23. Devon January 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I love the key to my heart necklace. Thanks so much for sharing this organization with us!

  24. Cortney January 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I can’t decide between the vintage rose pink necklace and the simply speckled bracelet. Will definitely be using this site for gifts in the future!

  25. Loma Kath January 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Brass drop small earrings. Thanks for sending me to this site — beautiful and affordable and a just use of money!

  26. Rachel January 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    I love the sweet child’s calypso necklace. : )

  27. Suzanne January 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing more about this organization. I love the Bellissimo gold necklace.

  28. Brooke Oliver January 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    love the Bellissimo gold necklace too! (email

  29. Kaity January 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Wow. What an amazing supply chain! I love the necklaces, especially the beautiful green necklace you’ve shown here.

  30. Mandy Schwandt January 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this site, beautiful stuff, my favorite is the Wear or Be Square Earrings. An old friend had a similar pair and they always made me think of jolly ranchers. (

  31. Judy January 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Love the Wood Like to Know earrings. What a wonderful organization. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve got it bookmarked.

  32. Stephanie Crabtree January 21, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    I like the brass drop and wood like to know earrings. And all the bangle-like bracelets! This is an inspiring combination of worlds :) stephanie.crabtree at

  33. From Tracie January 21, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    What a wonderful organization!!

    I love the Dreams Silver Blue Earrings and the Bellissimo Silver Necklace.

    Tracie (

  34. Aubrey January 21, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Looking through this jewelry makes me wish I was better at accessorizing! I love the Key Grey Necklace and the Ring of Sage Bracelet. I will definitely be bookmarking this website for Christmas shopping later this year. (I can be contacted via email at aubreyleeann {at} gmail {dot} com.)

  35. Elizabeth January 21, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    What a great story. I love the Beautiful Green necklace but everything is beautiful. Thanks for letting us know about iSanctuary! (elizabeth (at) thinkliz (dot) com)

  36. emily January 21, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    I love everything it’s so beautiful and such a great cause!!But I gotta love the gold colored barbed wire bangles absolutely LOVE!!!Emily

  37. Jessica Harkins January 21, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    I love the Simply Speckled Bracelet!! jessicaraeharkins at gmail dot com

  38. Shan January 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    What a great organization. I really love the disarray Amber necklace.

  39. junia701 January 21, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Ooh! This jewelry is beautiful! I particularly love the Vintage Rose Red Necklace :)

  40. David and Yolanda McLean January 21, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I first thought my favorite was the Ring of Bronze Bracelet, then I looked at necklaces and there was the China Chain Black Green necklace, but the Brass Drop Small Earrings are lovely too!!

  41. Gwyn January 21, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Oh my, I think I will be ordering some earrings from here… Now if only I could decide which I like best! The Cape Cod earrings? The Gear Wire earrings? They’re all so lovely!

  42. Sarah Caldwell January 21, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    I love the Belissimmo gold necklace and the grey key necklace (though it looks like that one is out of stock – glad people are buying from this wonderful organization!). Thank you for your words!

  43. Melody January 21, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I really like the ring of sage bracelet…though I’m not sure I could pull it off! :) And my mom would absolutely ADORE the Bellissimo silver green earrings. The wrap bracelets are fun too. Along with everything else on this website…

  44. Bree January 21, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I can’t decide which is my favorite, either the Key To My Heart or the Bellisimo Gold necklaces. They are all gorgeous. I think I am going to plan to buy Mother’s Day gifts from here.

  45. Ashleigh Rivers January 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    I love the cocktail peacock bracelet! The colours are just astounding.

  46. Kristine January 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    What a lovely find – with purpose!

    I am drawn to the Vintage Rose Blue Necklace. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Mary DeMuth January 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I adore this one: It’s pretty (but all of them are). My email is mary @ marydemuth dot com.

  48. Hannah C. January 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    The one thing that troubles me about this is that $8/hr, assuming full-time employment, is still not a living wage – especially not in CA. I’m hoping there’s more to the story for US survivors than just an $8/hr job. :/ It’s inconsistent for me to even think this, considering I have no idea where most of my clothes come from or where they’re actually made…and that troubles me too.

    As for the giveaway…I like the Bellissimo gold earrings.

  49. Kerry M. January 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Loving this jewelry and the organization. Favorite is the Beautiful Green Necklace, but keeping them all in mind as gifts. Contact: klmciver (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  50. Mary January 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I love the beautiful green necklace. Will bookmark this site. Thanks!

  51. Lisa McKay January 22, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    Oooh, what a clever idea for a giveaway. Hope it drives a lot of traffic to this wonderful site. I love the Bellissimo Necklace. (lisamckaywriting (at)

  52. janetb1 January 22, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    The Wrap Ring of Fire Bracelet is my favorite. Thanks for this giveaway! Awesome ministry.

  53. Robin January 22, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    I love the Bellissimo gold necklace. Thanks!

  54. MaryBeth January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    How beautiful! I love the Brass Drop Small Earrings. :)

  55. Vicki January 23, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I love the Twisted Up Necklace. So like life. Thanks for highlighting this ministry!

  56. Crystal M January 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    What a cool shop full of beautiful things! My favorite is the light leaves silver necklace :)

  57. Taylor January 24, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    I love the Beautiful Classic!

  58. awakingsleep January 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I love so much of this! I think my favorite, though are the two charming chain bracelets in caramel and peony. My twitter is the same as my discus name.

  59. Erin Adams January 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Beautiful! Very cool barbed wire bracelet. Love! I also really like the disarray amber necklace.

  60. Kendall Ashley January 25, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    I loved the barbed wire bracelet and I love, love, LOVED the glitz and glam necklace and bracelet! You can get in touch with me via Twitter, which is how I’m signed in now, or you can get in touch with me over email:

  61. Erin January 25, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I like the Ring Of Sage bracelet. I where green all the time.

  62. Megan Elliott January 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I think the Glamour Girl Necklace is my favorite, but really you can’t go wrong with any of them!

  63. stacy January 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I love the Metallic Mix bracelet. Thank you for introducing me to this site.

  64. beth raven January 26, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    I love the charming chain peony bracelet! I plan to buy a few of those for presents when they’re back in stock. Its all beautiful though, what a great idea!

  65. Jessica Buckwalter Clemmer January 26, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Oooh, the metallic mix bracelet…would go with everything! Though, it’s all beautiful; and I love the idea of wearing something that could be a constant reminder to be praying for those victimized by this horrific evil…

  66. Leslie January 28, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I love the Chain Reaction earrings. Thanks for turning me on to a new gift-shopping site!
    -Leslie (

  67. Norm Deplume January 28, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I love the ring of sage and ring of bronze bracelets. I’m bookmarking that site for Christmas shopping this winter.

  68. Missy Jones January 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Wow, everything is so gorgeous! I know where I’m buying my jewelry from now on! I especially love the Athena Brass Necklace.

  69. Danielle | from two to one January 30, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    I love the “Twisted Up” necklace :)

  70. julimi January 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    The Everyday Hoops Brass Earrings are cute

  71. Donna January 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I love the Twisted Up Necklace

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