Rising Worldwide

Cause Area

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


300 POTRERO STREETSANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Providing entrepreneurial paths to self-sufficiency that enable underrepresented communities across the world to lift each other out of systems of oppression and poverty.


Rising is creating a global community where underrepresented individuals have the opportunity to improve their own lives and the lives of others through social entrepreneurship. Our collective success is guided by economic equity, inclusiveness, and belief in the power of survivor leadership.

Rising entrepreneurs are primarily women. Many are survivors of extreme poverty, homelessness, discrimination, gender-based violence, and human trafficking. Through the power of entrepreneurism, these survivor leaders use their wisdom, strengths, and aspirations to create profound change.

Rising offers 3 entrepreneurial paths to individuals who are experiencing economic hardship: All Rising entrepreneurs have access to free ongoing business training, a mentor, comprehensive resources (social and financial), and an emergency fund.

Rising Artisans earn income by selling their handcraft fair-trade jewelry, home goods, and accessories through a Rep’s online store, and at virtual or in-person events. Rising Representative’s learn to run their own Rising businesses selling these fair trade goods made by Rising Artisans. Rising Experts draw upon their lived experience with human trafficking to teach human trafficking awareness, and prevention at schools, corporations, and at community and non-profit organizations.


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