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Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Women


1717 CLEVELAND AVECHARLOTTE, NC 28203 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower women and families overcoming trauma and injustice, bridging the gap from pain to purpose through impactful connections, inspired creations, and economic confidence.


At BraveWorks we provide programs for women in Charlotte, North Carolina and we partner with artisan projects in ten other countries. Locally, we teach women skills in jewelry production and other artisanal creations. The products created provide supplemental income for these women, as well as an income stream for our organization.

The women served, called artisans, are referred by non-profit community partners as they seek to overcome situations such as human trafficking, abuse, addiction, incarceration, generational poverty, and ethnic persecution.

Once in our program, they create an Artisan Empowerment Plan that documents their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth dreams for the future. The plan breaks their dream down into achievable goals and begins with three basic work readiness milestones: Arriving to work on time, having a good attitude, and working diligently at assigned tasks. We then connect the artisans to employment opportunities and other resources in the local community as needed to reach milestones and accomplish goals around employment, education, housing, continued sobriety, financial literacy, ESL, supportive community, emotional health, and skill development.

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