Simone Ispahani, the founder of Social Brew, has worked with survivors of human trafficking when she co-led a three week service trip to India. In her mission to do more, she initially considered opening a coffee shop that would employ survivors, but that was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, she decided to launch a global e-commerce coffee marketplace.
With its mission of contributing 50% of its profits to fight against human trafficking, Social Brew is not just about discovering the best in coffee, but uncovering the best in humankind. With its cause, Social Brew digs deep into humankind’s reservoirs to bring forth care, empathy, and compassion. They have partnered with select nonprofits who are dedicated to the same cause.
Their first partner, Beautiful Feet Wellness, provides wellness services to individuals freed from human trafficking. Offered at no cost to survivors, the organization’s healing and restorative fitness programs are presented as tools to process the aftermath of intense trauma. The heart behind Beautiful Feet Wellness is encouraging people to move from surviving to thriving by discovering healing through fitness, self-care and appreciation, spiritual growth, and wellness practices.
Jenny Footle, founder of Beautiful Feet Wellness, has been working with survivors of exploitation and the organizations that support them for over a decade. Beautiful Feet Wellness seeks to help survivors of trafficking reorient their brains and bodies as a key to the healing and empowerment process. More information about Beautiful Feet Wellness can be found on their website: www.beautifulfeetwellness.org.
The second nonprofit partner is Ho’ōla Nā Pua, which is committed to the prevention of sex trafficking and providing care for children who have been exploited. The vision for Ho’ōla Nā Pua began twelve years ago, when their founder, Jessica Munoz, was working as a nurse in the emergency room and began to notice signs of physical and psychological abuse being endured by sexually exploited children in Hawaii. She became aware of a larger sex trafficking crisis in Hawaii, with no sustainable solution for intervention. One of the key missing elements in the continuum of care was a comprehensive treatment campus and place of healing, which is now known as Pearl Haven.
Today, Ho’ōla Nā Pua reaches thousands of youth and community members across the state of Hawaii annually and is considered a national partner and a rising standard in the global effort to combat sex trafficking. With shared roots in Hawaii, we are proud to align with this impactful organization. More information about Ho’ōla Nā Pua can be found on their website: www.hoolanapua.org.