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T-shirts and goods produced by rescued women in India. Intentionally designed to speak to the women making the product.
T-shirts and goods produced by rescued women in India. Intentionally designed to speak to the women making the product.
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The Parative Project: T-Shirts Fighting Human Trafficking

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If successfully funded, Parative will transfer production of its merchandise to create sustainable job opportunities for women who have been empowered out of the trade in partnership with organizations like The Aruna Project and Freeset. Help us make this happen and share the message that these women are loved.

New shirt added! Select the Tri-fecta reward or add $25 to any current pledge.
New shirt added! Select the Tri-fecta reward or add $25 to any current pledge.

T-shirts have been telling stories for decades. Whether it's your favorite band, sports team, logo, or graduating class, what we wear makes a statement. I (Drew, the founder of The Parative Project) have always had an affinity for t-shirts. My love started with a t-shirt I printed in high school that said, "My Love for You Goes on For Ages." The intention was to wear it around my crush to show her how I felt. Sadly, she didn't show up for school that day... However, I realized something that inspired me and hopefully will inspire you. I learned that t-shirts can communicate. Years later I started The Parative Project, we make tees to spark conversations about what can be done to eradicate human trafficking and give hope to those who are fighting for the cause and to those who have been victimized by it.

Photo: @faithology
Photo: @faithology
Kids Tees Now Available!
Kids Tees Now Available!

It was later that I discovered two specific organizations that have worked alongside women who have been trafficked, exploited, and forced into labor: Freeset and The Aruna Project.

After a conversation with the founder of The Aruna Project, I was inspired to move production of Parative's shirts to India. Here, the tees wouldn't just tell a story; they would be made by the hands of those whose story is being told. These women are hardworking, talented, and we believe in them. We can communicate this to them them not only by hiring them, but in another way too. We want to tell these women of their deep value in the best way we know how: a t-shirt.

For the Kickstarter, we made t-shirt designs that speak backwards. The messages on these specific shirts are not for the consumer, nor the people who will see you wearing them (although of course we think you will love them too). Instead, we designed these shirts to speak to their maker. The woman who is working to end the cycle of poverty for the generations after her. The woman who is diligently fighting the ghosts of her past. The woman who might need some encouragement to know she is remembered. We know that a t-shirt isn't going to erase everything that has happened to her, but like a greeting card can turn around someone's day, these tees will serve as comfort and support to her. As she works, she will read the messages, "You are loved" and "Our freedom is tied together." So when the product she made is purchased, she will know that we believe in her freedom and want to help grow her business.

Photo: @michgras
Photo: @michgras

This Kickstarter is allowing us to begin a partnership with Freeset and The Aruna Project. Both of these organizations give rescued women an opportunity for freedom through employment. The women are given the chance to heal from their past, grow in the skills they need to live their new life, and have the freedom to dream.

Photo: @nate_dumlao
Photo: @nate_dumlao

With the shirts designed and the relationships started, all we need now is to fill the orders! If successfully funded, Parative will transfer production of its merchandise to create sustainable job opportunities for women who have been empowered out of the trade in partnership with organizations like The Aruna Project and Freeset. Help us make this happen and share the message that these women are loved.

Above is the model of our canvas tote. The tote will be grey with brown or black accents but the fabric may differ from photo due to sourcing overseas.
Above is the model of our canvas tote. The tote will be grey with brown or black accents but the fabric may differ from photo due to sourcing overseas.

Risks and challenges

As we are forming partnerships with Freeset and The Aruna Project, we want you to know it is of highest importance to us that we deliver quality goods. We don't forsee this being an issue while Freeset has been in business for over 15 years and The Aruna Project opened up production in early winter of 2015. The totes and the flags have been introduced as new products to The Aruna Project workspace and we are excited to share that we have already received product back that looks amazing and we are proud to wear and sell.

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    Loved Postcards

    Send a letterpressed card to your sidekick, pals, whoever.. reminding them they are loved.

    A set (2) of "You Are Loved" postcards. Locally made in Cincinnati.

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    Dreamer Poster

    Take home one our posters from the launch party. A 2' high x3' wide matte black poster that reads "Land of the Dreamer".

    These posters add so much cool to any space.

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    NEW!! The Kids Tee

    The Loved tee in kids sizes (2T-12T)

    Have your favorite kiddo carry an important message.

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    The Loved Tee

    You will receive this t-shirt, while the women of Freeset receive the message "You Are Loved"

    A soft gray shirt with maroon print that we swear you'll want to wear everyday.
    Sizes: S-XL

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    Two Is Better Than One

    You'll receive The Freedom Tee and The Loved tee, while the women of Freeset receive the messages "Our Freedom Is Tied Together" and "You Are Loved".

    The Freedom Tee is a soft black shirt with white print that carries a powerful message. Sizes: S-XL

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    The Canvas Tote

    The tote is an opportunity to support the women of The Aruna Project.

    A gray canvas tote with a brown accent. The bag has both shoulder and hand straps.
    16" high x 10" wide

    My wife said this bag holds a lot. And trust me, she carries around a lot of stuff.

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    Tri-fecta!

    You'll receive all three shirts
    -You are Loved
    -Our Freedom is Tied Together
    -Land of the Dreamer, Home of the Brave

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    The Whole Gang's Here!

    Two Adult tees, plus two kids tees.

    Adult Sizes- S-XL
    Kids Sizes- 2T-12T

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    The Dreamer Flag

    The flag is also an opportunity to support the women of The Aruna Project.

    A 4' high x 6' wide black canvas flag with white print and two grommets on the left side seam.

    Any dreamer can see the inspiration this flag adds to any room or adventure.

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    The Grandma Special

    6 Kids Loved Tees. Get one free!

    Sizes- 2T-12T

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    The Future Dreamer

    You'll receive one "Land of the Dreamer" flag and one kids tee.

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    Two Tees and a Blogpost

    It's not exactly two turntables and a microphone, but you'll receive both t-shirts and an opportunity to share your dream on our blog. Sizes: S-XL

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    Everything but the Kitchen Sink
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    We hope you like getting cool stuff in the mail. You'll receive both tees, the tote, and the flag. Sizes: S-XL

    This is an opportunity to support both Freeset and The Aruna Project.

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    Everything but the Kitchen Sink

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    Ten Is Better Than Two

    Whoa, you know a lot of people.

    You'll receive 10 tees of your choice. Keep a tee or two for yourself and share the others with friends. Sizes: S-XL

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    The Kitchen Sink

    Take over our Instagram for a week. We'll gear you up with two tees, a flag, and bag as you share you dream to our followers for the week!
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    Create Your Own Tee

    Work with our designer to put your dream onto a shirt. The women at Freeset will sew and print them. And we'll put them up in the store! How cool is that?

    You'll receive ten of your t-shirts to share with your friends. Sizes: S-XL

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    Come With Us

    We'll be visiting Freeset and The Aruna Project in India, January 2016.

    Have the opportunity to encourage the women face to face, work alongside the teams, and meet the shop managers. This will be a trip of a lifetime.

    You'll also receive two tees, the bag, and the flag.

    Contact us for details.
    Does not include airfare or lodging.

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Funding period

- (30 days)