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Rising International

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • International
  • Women


300 Potrero StreetSanta Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect women and children from poverty and exploitation, both in the United States, and around the world.


Poverty has a woman’s face. Across the street, and across the world its women and girls who are suffering the most. In addition, its women who are bearing the brunt of economic and social fallout from COVID-19. We created the Rising America Program to provide women in the United States with business and life skills to change their own lives, while also changing lives in communities around the world.

The Rising America program serves women living in extreme poverty, experiencing homelessness, lack of community support or connections, have suffered gender-based violence, and/or are victims of human trafficking. We offer participants three social entrepreneurial paths to self-sufficiently.

Path One - Rising Artisan - Participants learn to make the Safe and Sound bracelet. The bracelet is exclusively made by survivors of human trafficking, homelessness and transition-age foster youth.

Path Two- Rising Rep - Participants receive on-going business training and mentoring to run their own online Rising International businesses that also support women artisans in over 20 countries.

Path Three - Rising Expert - Survivors of human trafficking lead online human trafficking prevention workshops.

Over 5000 women entrepreneurs both locally and globally have participated in Rising programs.


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